Complete, Professional Pet Dental Care in Skokie

One of the strongest indicators of an unhealthy pet is an unhealthy mouth—which means that keeping their mouth clean and healthy keeps their body healthy, too. At Companion Animal Hospital of Skokie, pet dental care is not only a series of services we provide, but a routine that every pet owner should adopt to keep their companion healthy and happy.

According to the American Veterinary Dental College, over half of all dogs and cats in the US have some form of dental disease. Dental disease is an inflammatory condition that can result in severe pain, infection and tooth loss if left untreated. In a worst-case scenario, it can even lead to disease of the heart, liver or kidneys. Therefore, our goal is to help pet owners prevent or halt the onset of dental disease in their pets, and instill healthier habits for their daily routine. 

Pet Dental Care in Skokie
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Our Dental Services

When treating pets for dental issues or administering preventive care, we take a highly detailed approach to ensure the best results. This includes:

  • Pre-dental blood work to assess organ function and make sure your pet is healthy enough to undergo anesthesia
  • Thorough periodontal exams that involve examining the teeth and their supporting structures for signs of damage or disease
  • Digital dental X-rays to see below the gum line, and to check for damage within the teeth and surrounding bones
  • Professional dental cleanings to remove plaque and tartar
  • Polishing the teeth to remove excess plaque and smooth the tooth surface to prevent future plaque buildup
  • Examining the pockets around the teeth for signs of infection and other hidden problems, such as abscesses
  • Extracting decaying, loose or broken teeth
  • Fluoride treatments and sealants to prevent bacteria accumulation

Recognizing Signs of Dental Disease in Your Pet

Our pets are masters of concealment when experiencing pain or illness of any kind, which is why it’s important to be observant and know what signs to look for. If your pet is exhibiting any of the following symptoms or behaviors, contact us immediately:

  • Excessive drooling
  • Bright red, swollen gums
  • Loose, broken and/or discolored teeth
  • Bad breath
  • Swelling around the face and muzzle
  • Difficulty holding onto food
  • Increased irritability, lack of interest in normal activities
  • Pawing at face and mouth

Don't Let Your Pet Develop Advanced Dental Disease

Dental disease that has progressed over a long period of time can cause lasting effects. Our team is available seven days a week to offer advice and provide comprehensive treatment to prevent this from taking place. Remember, your pet cannot tell you when they're in pain. They have to live with the problems dental disease brings, including receding gums, bleeding, and tooth loss.  If you have questions about brushing your pet’s teeth, setting up a consultation or scheduling a cleaning, call us right away at (847) 966-3080

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