Crystal Springs Pet Hospital in San Mateo offers full-service animal dentistry, including cleanings, extractions and oral surgery. Prices will vary depending on the amount of work needed, but we’re happy to give you an estimate ahead of time. Read on to learn why dental health is so important to your furry loved ones.

Pet Dental Health

You brush your teeth twice a day, you make regular dentist appointments, and (maybe) you even floss. You know the health of your teeth and gums is important.

But what about your pet?

If you’re a dog owner, you likely know that you’re supposed to brush Fido’s teeth, but that’s easier said than done. Mastering this trick, along with feeding high-quality food and giving treats that are sugar-free and dental-friendly, will go a long way toward keeping your pet’s breath fresh and mouth healthy.

While this applies to cats, as well, we know it can be difficult to brush your cat’s teeth. This is why it’s key that they get a healthy diet.

Veterinary dental exams are still important, even if you nail all three of those items. Just like you need regular dental checkups, so does your dog or cat.

Dangers of Pet Dental Disease

Without proper dental care, your four-legged friend may end up suffering from periodontal disease. Some of the warning signs include:

  • Bad breath
  • Visible tartar on its teeth
  • Missing or loose teeth
  • Swelling under the eyes or discharge from the nose
  • Difficulty eating
  • Painful or bleeding gums

If left unchecked, these issues can cause your pet to start eating less due to discomfort when chewing. And without treatment, severe dental infections can cause bone loss in the jaw. This is why checkups and prevention are so important.

We can help. Call Crystal Springs Pet Hospital today at 650-341-3438 to make an appointment or talk to a veterinarian.

How Does it Work?

For dental procedures, your pet will spend the better part of the day with us. For the procedure he or she will be anesthetized for their safety and comfort. We can take X-rays to help identify any problem spots, and will then clean their teeth and determine which, if any, should be taken out. We will keep you updated, giving you a call before going ahead with extractions. After some recovery time for your pet, you’ll be able to come get your cat or dog and take them home with instructions for their care over the next few days.

How Much Does it Cost?

Prices will vary depending on the amount of work needed, but we’re happy to give you an estimate ahead of time. Like many things, preventative work, such as brushing their teeth and feeding them well will help keep down the bill. Regular checkups can also help you avoid an expensive visit.