Oral disease is an important element in your pet’s overall wellness. Oral disease is often described as a ‘hidden’ or ‘silent’ disease, but here at the Peotone Animal Hospital, we feel it is anything but hidden! Oral disease is a painful and preventable disease that effects 70-80% of dogs and cats over the age of 3 years. We have made it our mission to help our patients avoid the pain of oral disease through client education and prevention as well as aiding in overcoming existing disease with individualized doctor assessments.
It’s important to know that oral disease is not just an issue contained within the mouth. Severe periodontal disease has resulted in bacteria spreading from the mouth to other major organs like the liver, kidneys, and heart.
During your pet’s exam, the veterinarian will perform an oral exam and discuss the findings with you. We will either provide you with a medical treatment plan to address current disease or we will guide you in developing a home care plan for your pet that is sustainable.
If your pet needs a professional intervention, we will promptly schedule an oral assessment, treatment, and preventative procedure (Oral ATP) with our pet dental experts. Our Oral ATP’s include pre-operative bloodwork, intravenous catheter, intravenous fluids, monitoring of vital signs by one of our certified veterinary technicians, and post-operative pain management if necessary. Oral ATP’s begin with intraoral radiographs. Intraoral radiographs allow the veterinarian to assess each tooth above and below the gum line. Our certified vet techs and veterinarians work together and do a full mouth evaluation of your pet.
Signs of oral disease are:
- Bad Breath
- Yellow, Brown, discolored or loose teeth
- Red, Inflammed gums
- Pain while eating/ dropping food
- Not playing with toys as much
- Swollen mouth, gums, parts of the face
- Pawing at mouth