An often overlooked, but necessary, aspect of healthcare in animals is dental care. The idea of brushing your pet's teeth may strike you as humorous, but the veterinarians at Cascade Veterinary Hospital want you to know that this simple act may prevent serious problems down the road. Animals suffer from cavities, plaque and tartar build-up, gum disease and even abscessed teeth. Untreated, these conditions can result in an array of illnesses, from gastrointestinal infections to sepsis.
During a normal exam, our veterinarians at Cascade Veterinary Hospital will take a look at your pet's gums, teeth, cheeks, palate and tongue. If they suspect an issue with any of these, they will recommend a dental procedure such as an extraction, gum scraping, tongue scraping or maybe even root canals!
How can you recognize if your pet is in need of dental attention? Look for signs such as bad breath (worse than normal), lack of appetite, whimpering when eating, lethargy and, in some extreme cases, aggression. If you notice any of these symptoms then bring your pet in right away for an exam by our staff at Cascade Veterinary Hospital.
Once your pet is on the way to feeling better, we will help you keep them on a healthy dental path. We offer special toothpastes, topical medicines, supplements, and even tasty treats to freshen their breath and treat their plaque buildup.