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Los Feliz Small Animal Hospital

Pet Dental Services in LA

Oral health is one of the most important components of a pet’s overall health, but it’s actually one of the most neglected. In fact, more than 50% of all dogs and cats have some form of gum disease by just 3 years of age. If gum disease is not treated, it can leave a pet with pain and discomfort, and also result in tooth loss, liver disease, heart disease, or kidney disease. Fortunately, many dental conditions are both preventable and reversible with proper professional veterinary care, combined with at-home care.

...that According to the American Veterinary Dental College, gum disease is the most common clinical condition seen in adult dogs and cats? In fact, by age 3, most dogs and cats will have some form of gum disease. The good news, however, is that this and other oral infections can be prevented with regular professional dental cleanings and at-home care. If your pet already has gum disease, we can treat it with our comprehensive dental services.

The veterinary team at Los Feliz Small Animal Hospital wants to help you be proactive about your pet’s dental health to give them the best quality of life. That’s why we offer a full range of dental services to keep your pet’s teeth and gums healthy. These include the dental exam, ultrasonic scaling, polishing, and extractions—all with the assistance of digital X-ray technology to view below the gum line. All of our dental services are performed under general anesthesia (with pre-anesthetic blood work), in accordance with AAHA’s dental guidelines. We monitor all of our patients before, during, and after each procedure as well for their safety and comfort.

Signs of Dental Disease

As a pet owner, it’s important to learn the signs to look for when it comes to the state of your pet’s mouth. We recommend that you "flip the lip" on a regular basis to ensure there aren’t any oral problems that may indicate an infection. Below are some of the most common signs of gum disease to be aware of:

If your pet exhibits any of these symptoms, schedule a dental exam so we can determine the appropriate course of treatment.

At-Home Dental Care

Maintaining your pet’s dental health should begin at home and as early as possible. We recommend that you brush your pet’s teeth between appointments and that you stay up-to-date with their wellness exams, which include a basic check of the teeth and gums. If you have any questions about at-home care or our recommendations for dental products (brushes, pastes, chew toys, etc.) and techniques, please contact Los Feliz Small Animal Hospital at (323) 664-3309.

...that According to the American Veterinary Dental College, gum disease is the most common clinical condition seen in adult dogs and cats? In fact, by age 3, most dogs and cats will have some form of gum disease. The good news, however, is that this and other oral infections can be prevented with regular professional dental cleanings and at-home care. If your pet already has gum disease, we can treat it with our comprehensive dental services.