LAKE MINNETONKA PET WELLNESS CENTER

3572 Shoreline Drive, Wayzata MN 55391

Call or text (952) 471-0911

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WESTONKA ANIMAL HOSPITAL

2125 Commerce Blvd. Mound, Minnesota 55364

Call or text (952) 472-4900

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PET DENTAL CARE

PET DENTAL CARE

Your pet’s dental health plays a key role in your pet’s overall health and longevity.  Plaque and tartar that builds up on your pet’s teeth can lead to dental disease, which causes oral pain and poses some serious health risks.

Reddened, bleeding gums, difficulty chewing and bad breath are all signs of gingivitis. Untreated gingivitis can progress to a more advanced form of periodontal disease, a bacterial infection that, if left untreated, can cause the loss of teeth.  The same bacteria causing gingivitis and periodontal disease can be carried into the blood stream and cause damage to your pet’s kidneys, heart, liver and other organs. Regular dental cleanings remove plaque and tartar and prevent gingivitis and periodontal disease.

During your pet’s wellness exam, our veterinarian will give your pet a dental screening.  We may recommend a professional dental scaling and polishing treatment to maintain your pet’s healthy teeth and gums.  

What to Expect – Professional Preventative Dental Care

Our preventative dental care includes the complete ultrasonic scaling, root planning and polishing of your pet’s teeth.  We place your pet under anesthesia and perform a comprehensive oral examination.  We examine individual teeth for mobility, fractures, malocclusion and periodontal disease.  We remove plaque and tartar using hand instruments and power scaling equipment.  We give your pet’s teeth a thorough ultrasonic cleaning and polishing.  After professional cleaning, your pet’s mouth with be healthier and pain free. 

Included in our professional preventative dental care:

  • Dental x-rays.
  • Complete prophylactic ultrasonic scaling, root planning and polishing
  • Comprehensive pain management before, during and after any oral procedure that may produce discomfort
  • Monitored general anesthesia through the procedure by our knowledgeable, well-trained technicians with the aid of digital monitoring of your pet’s vital signs.
  • Home dental care instructions and product recommendations

We also perform minor oral surgery including, but not limited to, tooth extractions, fistula repairs and removal of oral tumors. Local anesthesia is given to your pet for all surgical tooth extractions or advanced dental procedures.

Signs of oral and dental diseases in dogs and cats

If your pet shows any of the following symptoms, please call us to schedule an appointment as your pet may be suffering from painful dental disease: 

  • Bad breath
  • Loss of appetite or loss of weight
  • Loose teeth or teeth that are discolored or covered in tartar
  • Your pet shies away from you when you touch the mouth area
  • Drooling or dropping food from the mouth.
  • Bleeding from the mouth
  • Loss of appetite or loss of weight

If you think your dog or cat exhibits any of these symptoms, please call us at your earliest convenience to arrange for a dental exam for your pet.

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