Low-cost veterinary dentistry in Austin
Did you know that dental disease is the #1 veterinary diagnosis in dogs and cats? A dental check-up can keep your pet’s breath fresh, but it also can help us identify dental problems that can lead to much worse than bad breath, including gum disease, or diseases of the liver, kidney, or heart. Animals rarely show signs of dental pain, so without regular dental examinations, you may never know your four-legged family member is suffering.
At Austin Animal Medical Center, your pet’s first dental consultation is free. Call us today at 512-832-4119 to schedule your pet’s free dental consultation today.
Why does my pet need a dental exam?
Your pet needs a dental check-up if:
- It’s been longer than a year since your their last visit.
- They chew abrasive objects, such as rocks, tennis balls, or bones.
- They have bad breath or discolored teeth.
- They show signs of pain while eating, or reluctance to eat.
- You do not regularly practice dental care at home.
- They are drooling excessively.
How much does a dental exam and cleaning cost?
Your pet’s initial dental exam at Austin Animal Medical Center is free – simply call to make an appointment! Our doctors will visually inspect your pet’s teeth to determine the grade (severity of the teeth), and check for other obvious issues, such as cracked or loose teeth, or recessed gums.
After the exam, we will give you a written estimate for your pet’s dental cleaning – also called a dental prophylaxis or dental prophy. Austin Animal Medical Center is a full-service veterinary practice that offers dental services as cheap as mobile clinics and other low-cost clinics. Prices for dental cleanings vary, but when we do the initial exam, we will give you an estimate for the cleaning and polishing, plus anesthesia. However, there may be additional services required for your pet, depending on the condition of their teeth.
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What happens in a dental exam and professional teeth cleaning?
When we clean your pet’s teeth, we put your pet under general anesthesia. Dr. Gregg Farmer or Dr. Loretta farmer will then scale the teeth – just like when you get a cleaning at your dentist. The more tartar and calculus that have accumulated on your pet’s teeth, the longer and more involved the cleaning is.
After the scaling, one of our Austin Animal Medical Center veterinarians will perform a complete dental examination of your pet’s mouth. This includes dental radiographs, completed with a DDU – a digital dental unit. The DDU allows your pet’s veterinarian to look at more than just the visible parts of the tooth. With radiographs, we can see the roots of the teeth, as well as any abscesses or other problems lying beneath the gums.
Then, an Austin Animal Medical Center veterinarian polishes your pet’s teeth to smooth out any imperfections and reduce the ability for plaque to stick to the teeth. Finally, we apply a tooth sealant, which prevents plaque-forming bacteria from attaching.
A dental cleaning is an outpatient procedure, so you can pick your pet up the same day.
What about dental care at home?
Pet stores sell toothbrushes and specially formulated toothpaste for dogs and cats, and we advise cleaning your pet’s teeth regularly. There are also dental chews and certain human foods, such as carrot sticks and apple slices, that promote healthy teeth.
However, there are no products that will remove tartar and calculus that have already accumulated on the teeth. That requires professional teeth cleaning. Once the teeth have been professionally cleaned, weekly maintenance at home will keep your pet’s teeth in good shape between cleanings. When your pet receives a dental cleaning at Austin Animal Medical Center, we will send you home with a free dental kit! It contains a toothbrush, toothpaste, a food sample, and a chew sample.
Dog dental care
There are plenty of dog tooth products out there – dental chews, tartar-fighting treats, and more. For optimal dog dental care, your fur baby should visit Animal Medical Center at least once a year for a dog dental cleaning. In-between dental check-ups, however, you should take a few steps to keep your dog’s teeth sparkling.
Brush your dog’s teeth at least once a day or at least a few times a week using a dog toothbrush and toothpaste. Do not use human toothpaste, baking soda, or other human-tooth cleaning agents. Use gentle circular motions and don’t forget those back teeth! Dog teeth cleaning doesn’t have to be something you both dread! Choose a time and place that is most comfortable and relaxing for your pup, and don’t force it.
Cat dental care
While cats do much of their own grooming, dental care is the one area they may need some help in. You should bring your fine feline to Animal Medical Center of Austin for regular dental exams and a cat teeth cleaning at least once a year. In between cleanings, you can keep your kitty’s pearly whites looking bright by brushing your cat’s teeth yourself!
Use a specially-designed cat toothbrush and cat toothpaste, and brush with gentle motions. Choose a time when your cat is relaxed (brushing before breakfast might work for you, but probably not for your cat), pick a place your cat is comfortable, and be gentle. If your cat resists, don’t persist. Stop and try again another time; it may take several tries before your cat is comfortable letting your brush their teeth. Ideally, you should brush your cat’s teeth every day, or at least a few times a week.