Save on Dental Care for Pets
You'll be surprised at how affordable our dental care is. With cleaning starting from $230 (The average is $325!), our prices are much less than the national average. We focus on using state-of-the-art technology that saves us money, and we pass those savings to you.
Even though it's completely preventable, Periodontal disease is the most common clinical condition in cats and dogs. THRIVE offers a variety of dental treatment plans for your pet to ensure a healthy and thriving future.
Your pet’s teeth should be checked at least once a year by your veterinarian for early signs of a problem and to keep your pet’s mouth healthy.
Here are some symptoms that you may observe if your pet is having dental issues:
- bad breath
- broken or loose teeth
- extra teeth or retained baby teeth
- teeth that are discolored or covered in tartar
- abnormal chewing, drooling, or dropping food from the mouth
- reduced appetite or refusal to eat
- pain in or around the mouth
- bleeding from the mouth
- swelling in the areas surrounding the mouth
Changes in your pet's behavior should always prompt a visit to your local THRIVE for a check-up. Some pets can become irritable or stressed when they have dental problems. Exercise caution when evaluating your pet's mouth because a pet may bite when experiencing pain.
What You Can Do At Home
It is important to become familiar with your pet’s oral cavity. Starting at an early age, you should touch and examine your pet’s mouth, looking for abnormal lesions or areas of pain. Oral rinsing and brushing reduces tartar and bacteria build-up. Make sure to only use pet safe toothpastes and rinses, as human products can be toxic for your pet.
Offering your pet oral chews designed specifically for oral health is an easy and effective way to help reduce the build-up of tartar on the teeth. Always monitor your pet when using dental chews to avoid accidental choking.
Frequently Asked Questions About Dental Care
What can I do at home for my pet’s oral health?
Prevention of the most common oral disease in pets consists of frequent removal of the dental plaque and tartar that forms on teeth that are not kept clean. Regularly brushing your pet’s teeth is the single most effective thing you can do to keep their teeth healthy between dental cleanings, and may reduce the frequency or even eliminate the need for periodic dental cleaning by your veterinarian. Daily brushing is best, but it’s not always possible and brushing several times a week can be effective. Most dogs accept brushing, but cats can be a bit more resistant – patience and training are important.
Why does dentistry require anesthesia?
Your dentist uses techniques to minimize pain and discomfort and can ask you how you are feeling, so you accept the procedures and do your best to keep still. Your pet does not understand the benefit of dental procedures, and he or she reacts by moving, trying to escape, or even biting.
Anesthesia makes it possible to perform the dental procedures with less stress and pain for your pet. In addition, anesthesia allows for a better cleaning because your pet is not moving around and risking injury from the dental equipment. If radiographs (x-rays) are needed, your pet needs to be very still in order to get good images, and this is unlikely without heavy sedation or anesthesia.