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Here at St. Francis Animal Hospital, we believe that pet wellness care is more than just annual vaccinations and a check-up. We are also fully committed to pet dental needs - an area of veterinary medicine that is often overlooked by other animal hospitals. A majority of dogs and cats will experience some type of oral health disease at some point in their lives. Most of those diseases are fully preventable with proper pet dental care.
It is not uncommon for our clinic to see pets that have broken teeth or periodontal disease, which is a bacterial infection of the gums. Dogs and cats that develop periodontal disease need treatment as soon as possible, because without it, pet owners risk the bacteria seeping into the blood stream and causing other health problems, not to mention pain and inflammation in the mouth. Cats, in particular, often develop a decay condition similar to cavities in a human's mouth. Like a cavity, the condition can cause tooth sensitivity and even pain, and can be prevented with proper pet wellness care.
We believe the best way to treat dental health problems is by preventing them altogether, and prevention is a measure that starts in the home. Las Vegas veterinarian, Dr. Drake will be happy to show you how to care for you animal's teeth with regular, gentle brushing and inspection of the gums and breath. It is recommended that dogs and cats have their teeth brushed at least three times a week in addition to other pet wellness care routines.
Puppies and kittens also need their teeth brushed despite the fact that they will lose their first set of teeth. The younger you start cleaning your pet's teeth, the more adjusted he or she will be to the procedure with age. We offer pediatric pet dentistry for puppies and kittens to ensure the teeth are erupting properly and detect and correct abnormalities as soon as possible.
We recommend that you come visit our clinic for a full pet dental exam - usually conducted during your pet's regular health check-up. We inspect the mouths of dogs and cats for infection, eroded teeth, deteriorated gums, and other complications that could be causing unwanted symptoms, such as difficulty eating or bad breath. At that time, we may recommend scheduling your pet for a teeth cleaning to remove built-up plaque that can deteriorate the teeth.
If our Las Vegas veterinarian finds an oral health problem that needs the attention of our staff, he will provide you with a suggestion for the best way to treat the condition. That may include x-rays to make a full diagnosis, as well as antibiotic treatments or surgery to remove cancerous tumors or problem teeth.
If you are looking for a veterinarian in the greater Las Vegas area who will meet your pet's dental needs and also provide comprehensive pet wellness care, make an appointment to visit our office and call us at 702-675-8366. We look forward to the opportunity to meet you and your pet soon.
Now accepting new clients by appointment only.
Dr. Drake and CarolAnn are amazing! They have been caring for my dogs for over 10 years now and I have never had one complaint. They are always so happy to see my dogs and provide them with the most compassionate care. I recommend them to any seeking an honest, caring, loving, empathizing and helpful veterinarian!