At Independence Veterinary Hospital, your pet’s oral health is as important to us as it is to them! We offer a full range of dental care services, including anesthesia teeth cleanings for dogs and cats, to slow tartar buildup and prevent dental disease. As a family-owned practice here in Virginia Beach, you can expect a family-oriented approach to your pet’s dental care that tailors their treatment to their needs and nurtures the bond you share with them. Just as balanced nutrition and routine checkups contribute to your pet’s good health and longevity, so too does lifelong preventative dental care.
Keep bad breath and dental disease at bay. Schedule an oral exam for your pet!
Why Do Dogs and Cats Need Dental Care?
If you go too long without brushing and flossing your teeth, tartar will build up, leading to gum irritation and eventual infection. The same occurs with our dogs and cats—and they are especially prone to dental issues, as they cannot clean their teeth and may not show obvious outward signs of a problem despite their discomfort. Poor oral hygiene has consequences, from gingivitis to possible bone and tooth loss.
Fortunately, these issues can be prevented simply by brushing your pet’s teeth regularly and seeing the vet at least once a year for a checkup and possible teeth cleaning. Our veterinary team can treat existing dental disease, but our ultimate goal is to help you prevent it from ever getting started in your pet!
Additional Dental Care Recommendations for Dogs and Cats
Dental care is most effective for dogs and cats when it is proactive. That’s why we recommend routine teeth brushing at home (with pet-friendly toothpaste and toothbrushes), and other methods, such as tartar control diets and dental chews, to supplement your pet’s treatment.
If you have questions about taking your pet’s dental care into your hands or need to schedule a checkup, call (757) 473-8560 or schedule a visit with our team! We would be happy to demonstrate how to brush your pet’s teeth (practice makes perfect) or suggest other means to improve your pet’s oral health—and their quality of life.