Dentistry

North Miami Beach Veterinarian Incorporates Pet Dental Care Into Wellness Plans for Cats and Dogs

Periodontal disease affects millions of domesticated animals every year, primarily due to a lack of proper pet dental care. Cats and dogs need dental cleanings and check-ups the same as humans do, as well as at-home oral health care. Without these lifestyle components, pets may develop tooth decay, gum problems and other oral health complications. North Miami Beach veterinarian, Dr. Albert Williams III, understands the importance of pet dental, and he incorporates it into the practice here at Arch Creek Animal Clinic.

Dental check-ups start from a young age as a part of routine puppy and kitten care. We ask that pet owners bring in pets for regular teeth cleanings to prevent the build-up of plaque around the gum lines, where bacteria can cause inflammation or bleeding. In addition to inspecting the teeth of cats and dogs for decay, we also try to educate pet owners on at-home oral health care between visits. For example, many pet owners do not know that dry pet food is better for the teeth than wet foods, and also that a pet’s teeth should be brushed at least three to four times per week.

Our North Miami Beach veterinarian also teaches pet owners the signs of periodontal disease. Red or inflamed gums, difficulty eating, foul breath and missing teeth all signal a potential dental health problem and warrant a visit to our animal clinic.

Preventative Pet Dental Services Offered at Our Animal Clinic Lead to Good Oral Health

Our animal clinic starts preventive dental care for cats and dogs at a young age. In fact, our office considers dental health an important part of puppy and kitten care, and care for the teeth should start at just a few weeks of age. Around the same time we begin a schedule of pet vaccinations, our puppy and kitten care will include quick examinations of the gum lines to ensure the teeth and gums are responding well to the transition from the mother’s milk to soft or solid foods. Oral health examinations and cleanings will continue annually into adulthood to prevent periodontal disease.

As cats and dogs age, visits to our clinic may become more frequent to meet the bigger dental health needs of senior pets. Like humans, pet senior care involves identifying the onset of periodontal diseases as early as possible for effective treatment. Senior pets may experience more rapid gum deterioration than younger pets — particularly due to poor home hygiene and dietary habits. Our pet senior care dental services can include more frequent cleanings, education about proper home cleaning and monitoring of diet and nutritional needs to promote good oral health for life.

In addition to dental care, our animal hospital also offers preventive and corrective care, pet vaccinations, and pet spay and neuter services as a part of routine puppy and kitten care. However, because sterilization is an important part of pet ownership, we also offer pet spay and neuter services for older dogs as needed.

If you are in need of a North Miami Beach veterinarian who can offer your pet comprehensive health and dental care, contact our office today. We look forward to the opportunity to serve you and your pet for years to come.