Exceptional Pet Dental Care
Although it would be nice if they could, pets can’t brush their own teeth, so it’s up to their owners and veterinarians to maintain their oral health for them. Your pet’s oral health is one of the most important aspects of their overall health. This is due to the mouth-body connection; gum disease, which can result from years without dental care, can eventually affect the internal organs, if left untreated. Of course, no one wants this for their pet, and we don’t want it for our patients. That’s why we strongly recommend annual dental exams so we can determine if a dental cleaning or treatment is needed.
We believe in preventive care with all of our services because prevention is easier and more cost-effective than treatment. The pet dental care services at Dr. Michael Tuder & Associates are designed to both prevent and treat oral problems, including broken teeth and gum disease. Our dental suites are equipped with modern tools and technology, allowing our doctors to perform high-quality dental care with patient safety and comfort at the forefront.
Signs of Gum Disease
Since gum disease is one of the most common diseases seen in pets, it’s important for you as a pet owner to be familiar with its symptoms. There are several stages of gum disease in pets, and the more advanced the stage, the more symptoms there are. The following are some of the most common ones:
- Chronic bad breath
- Swollen, red gums
- Loose teeth
- Trouble eating
- Pawing at the mouth
- Excessive drooling
- Brownish yellow tartar buildup along gum line
During the dental evaluation we will examine your pet’s teeth and gums to confirm that a dental cleaning is necessary. Our veterinarians will show you what your pet needs and will walk you through what will happen before, during and after the procedure. The veterinarian will also provide a comprehensive dental treatment plan and cost estimate and will discuss it with you it line by line so you are thoroughly informed. During our dental promotion this dental evaluation is complimentary, however, please note that it does not include examinations for other issues, for example skin conditions or other non-oral health related issues.
Once you agree to have your pet’s teeth cleaned, we will perform preanesthetic blood tests to make sure that your pet’s kidneys and liver are healthy for anesthesia as part of the dental cleaning procedure and will also check their heart and abdomen as needed.
Finally we will schedule an appointment your pet’s dental cleaning visit and will advise you of anything that you need to do to prepare for the visit.
Dental Cleaning Procedure
During your pet’s dental cleaning appointment, we will conduct a more thorough examination under general anesthesia and will clean and polish the teeth. We use hand and ultrasonic scalers to remove tartar and plaque which cause periodontal disease. It is especially important to clean below the gumline since tartar growth there is the primary cause of advanced periodontal disease. Polishing the teeth after the cleaning removes microscopic scratches and slows down future plaque accumulation.
We will check every tooth above and below the gumline for periodontal disease and our veterinarian and technician will record any abnormality in your pet’s medical record. We will also use a periodontal probe to check for bleeding gums, accumulation of food in pockets and for tooth decay. During the procedure we may find additional issues such as cavities and advanced periodontal disease, and there is a possibility that some teeth may need to be extracted. If there is additional treatment required, we will contact you to discuss it prior to carrying out additional treatment. Our findings may necessitate a follow-up visit.
At-Home Pet Dental Care
Bringing your pet in once a year for an exam, and scheduling cleanings as needed, are important in keeping your pet’s mouth healthy, but at-home care is equally important. We recommend that you brush your pet’s teeth daily, or at least a few times a week. We’ll be glad to give you brushing tips and product recommendations (chews, rinses, toys, etc.) to prevent tartar buildup and keep your pet’s teeth and gums healthy. It is important to use a pet-specific toothpaste, available on our online store in many flavors that pets love. This will make the whole experience much more enjoyable for you and your pet! Human toothpaste and baking soda should never be used in pets as they contain ingredients that can cause internal issues if swallowed. Pet toothpaste not only tastes great to your pet, they are specifically designed to break down your pet’s plaque, reducing the time that you spend brushing their teeth.
“We love this place! I'm hesitant to write a great review because this place is already super popular, however they deserve it. They accept walk-ins which is really convenient, assuming you're ok to come at an off time, or be patient on a Saturday morning. We found them to be very friendly and nice with reasonably priced services. We highly recommend them!!”
- Hailey H.
“The staff here is fantastic, from the receptionists to the techs to the doctors. The feel of the hospital is very comfortable and not clinical like most places. We've seen several of the vets, who have all been great and very helpful. They are also very conscientious about following up on the pet's status which is great. I highly recommend this place.”
- Cayley A.
“The staff here is caring and patient. The doctors are also knowledgeable and answer my many questions. When I've had to wait for test results, the doctors have called me back by the time promised. My cat prefers a kind of food they don't normally carry and they ordered it for me, and continued to order it for me without asking, which is great. I haven't had a problem with wait time, either.”
- Jordan C.
“...really attentive and helpful through our dog’s epilepsy and surgeries. I can't say enough kind things about the practice. This may sound silly, but it is a huge plus that they have parking, which made running our dog in during an emergency a little easier vs. walking across town. Seriously the best vets in Hoboken I can never thank them enough.”
- Brooke S.
“This place LOVES animals, from the front desk to the gentle techs. My dog has had to be there quite a bit this month and I never feel taken advantage of financially (all vets are expensive) but they really CARE about animals. It is never fun watching a pet be sick or injured but I can't recommend them enough.”
- Ellyn M.
“All the doctors are knowledgeable, helpful, caring, friendly, and best of all - approachable with all my questions. They know their stuff, and when they walk into the room - they have already read up all the back ground of the specific pet. I'm quite impressed with their prep work.”
- Klessie P.
“I want to shout it from the rooftops- the Animal Infirmary of Hoboken/Michael Tuder and Associates are INCREDIBLE. They were informative, caring, they followed-up, they did what they could to make my financial situation work, and they treated me not just as another walk-in, but as a long time patient!”
- Frani L.
“From the bottom of my heart I thank all the doctors as well as each and every member of the staff who cared for my Scooter with such professionalism and kindness throughout his entire life. The compassion and understanding that you showed him and me on that last day is something I will never forget.”
- Maria J.
“It meant so much to me that you treated B.J. and Baby Zoey with respect. There aren’t enough beautiful words to express my gratitude. All I could say is if there were more people in the world like you than all our animals would be loved, cared for and happy. You guys are truly the best.”