As a cat or dog owner, it is your responsibility to provide your pet with the care he needs. Pet dental issues can cause a variety of problems for pets. In some instances, tooth extractions may be necessary. If your pet needs a tooth pulled, contact us at University Parkway Animal Hospital in Jackson, TN, to make an appointment with our veterinarian. Here are reasons why a pet's tooth may need extraction, how to care for your pet when a dental issue is present, and what a vet on our team can do to help.
Reasons a Pet's Tooth May Need to Be Pulled
A pet dental extraction becomes necessary if the tooth is causing extreme distress to the pet in the form of pain or discomfort or if it has become infected. This can happen when the gums become inflamed due to gingivitis or periodontal disease. If the tooth is left in place, the condition can worsen and cause even more distress. A tooth with a broken portion is also one to consider having pulled, as jagged or sharp edges can cause cuts to the interior of your pet's mouth.
How to Care for a Pet with a Dental Problem
Until you can get your dog or cat to a pet hospital, you need to care for your pet's problem at home. Avoid feeding your pet food that is hard to chew and instead provide him with soft food to eat. You can inquire at our pet hospital whether our vet can provide pain medication until your pet's appointment.
Avoiding Pet Dental Problems
It is best to provide your dog or cat with dental care at home to help avoid future issues. Brush your pet's teeth regularly to remove debris which can cause tartar buildup to occur. Do not provide your pet with hard chew toys that could possibly break a tooth but instead opt for squishy toys that are soft on the teeth.
What Our Vet Can Do to Help
A vet on our team will evaluate the condition of your pet's teeth to determine whether one or more need to be pulled. If so, this is done in our office. A veterinarian on our team will discuss all options with you ahead of time so you can decide what is best for your pet.
Get Pet Dental Care and Vet Care from a Veterinarian at Our Animal Hospital
If your dog or cat requires a tooth to be extracted, or if you would like a dental assessment conducted for your dog or cat, contact us at University Parkway Animal Hospital in Jackson, TN, to make an appointment with a vet for an evaluation. Call today at 731-661-0711 for pet dental care from a “veterinarian near me” at our animal hospital.