Meeting Your Pet’s Dental Needs with
Cat and Dog Teeth Cleaning
in Kenosha, WI

If your pet’s breath makes you wrinkle your nose, that’s a telltale sign that they need to have their teeth examined--and possibly cleaned, too. Kenosha Animal Hospital provides a range of cat and dog teeth cleaning services to help pets achieve and maintain better oral hygiene for life. Many companion animals start experiencing the discomforts of dental disease by age 3, and the effects can be severe and long-lasting. From swollen, painful gums to tooth decay, tooth loss, and systemic disease, a lot can happen if your pet is not receiving the proper dental care. Luckily, these problems are easy to prevent, and our team can help.

A healthy mouth lets your pet live the happy, healthy life they deserve.

Call (262) 658-3533 to schedule an appointment with us!

Signs Your Pet is Living with Dental Disease

Generally, dogs and cats are reluctant to show when they’re sick or in pain, so it isn’t always easy to tell when they’re not feeling 100 percent. There are some things you can look for, however, which could point to significant oral health problems in need of immediate treatment.

These signs include:

  • Bad breath
  • Drooling
  • Dropping food
  • Chewing food gingerly and on one side only
  • Blood in saliva
  • Reddened gums
  • Yellow/brown buildup along the gum line
  • Avoiding chew toys and tug-of-war games
  • Eating less
  • Sleeping more

What do Cat and Dog Teeth Cleanings Involve?

Kenosha Animal Hospital offers essential teeth cleaning services for dogs and cats to both treat and prevent dental disease.

Pre-Anesthetic Exam

Before we even consider a teeth cleaning for your pet, we need to perform an exam to make sure your pet is otherwise healthy and able to safely undergo general anesthesia for their teeth cleaning procedure.

Oral Exam

The initial oral exam will let us know if a teeth cleaning needs to be scheduled sooner rather than later. When your pet is under anesthesia for their cleaning, we can take a closer look at their teeth and gums to check for signs of dental disease, which can include tooth and bone loss, deep subgingival (under the gum line) pockets, and significant buildup on the teeth.

Dental Scaling

To effectively remove all traces of tartar and calculus, we use various high-powered scaling tools, including an ultrasonic scaler, which breaks up hardened material above and below the gum line.

Teeth Polishing

We polish your pet’s tooth enamel to smooth the surfaces of the teeth and discourage future plaque buildup.

Extractions

Tooth extractions may be necessary for pets whose condition is more advanced. Broken, loose, and/or seriously decayed teeth should be removed for the sake of your pet’s health, safety, and comfort.

cat biting on toothbrush

Dental Disease Prevention
Starts at Home

Does your pet have a home teeth cleaning routine? If not, consider starting right away. Daily teeth brushing is one of the best methods for removing food debris and soft plaque from along the gum line, and preventing continuous buildup in the mouth. Allowing plaque to accumulate, harden, and potentially release bacteria into the mouth and under the gums can lead to painful infection and a lower quality of life for your pet.

If you need help brushing your pet’s teeth or would like to learn about our other cat and dog teeth cleaning options for home use, call us today at (262) 658-3533!