Dental Care

Dog with dental treat in Nashville

Is your dog or cat constantly pawing at its mouth? Are they drooling excessively or have bad breath? Does your dog or cat seem hesitant to eat or have difficulty chewing? If so, these are indications of dental disease.

Dental disease causes a variety of health issues for both dogs and cats, including:

  • Bacteria that may be released into the bloodstream

  • Greater risks for kidney, liver and heart disease

  • Severe pain

Why Pets Need Dental Care

Both dogs and cats need regular dental cleanings as they increase both the length and quality of their life. Some benefits of regular dental cleanings include:

  • The ability to chart and evaluate pet dental disease over a period of time

  • Prevention of expensive and advanced pet dental procedures

  • Less teeth extractions (pulling) for your pet

Dental Disease Statistics

Nippers Corner Pet Medical Center sees more pets with dental disease than any other problem. Statistics show that dental disease is the most common disease in dogs. 92% of dogs over the age of three are affected. Although less prevalent in cats, statistics show that 85% of cats over the age of three struggle with the disease. However, scheduling annual pet dental cleanings can add 2-4 years to your pet’s life!

Dental Care at Nippers Corner Pet Medical Center

Nippers Corner Pet Medical Center’s staff and licensed veterinarians are equipped with the latest technologies to make pet dental visits safe and easy. Some of these dental procedures include:

  • Teeth cleaning and polishing

  • Deciduous (pet baby teeth), Surgical and routine tooth extractions

  • Full mouth teeth removal when medically required

  • Repair of Oronasal fistula

  • Oral surgery for dogs or cats

​​​​​​​Pet Dental Cleanings - What to Expect?

While under general anesthesia, your dog or cat can receive a thorough dental cleaning. Nippers Corner Pet Medical Center uses a safe, local anesthesia and monitors your pet’s heart rate, oxygen and respiration.

Before dental care begins, blood tests are done to help uncover any underlying illnesses, and we examine the animal’s entire mouth, including lips, tongue, gums and teeth. This assures us that anesthetizing is safe for your pet.