Pets have teeth too! Unfortunately, most pets also have dental disease and, with that, dental pain. Sadly, dental pain often goes unrecognized in our pets. Just like animals in the wild, it goes against a dog or cat’s instincts to show pain. To show pain is to show weakness and to show weakness is to be more susceptible as prey. This holds true for our domestic indoor pets even though they may not have any natural predators. Painful dental conditions that would send a human running to a dentist, or an ibuprofen bottle, for relief are tolerated by pets who usually do not show outward signs of discomfort.
Many pet owners wrongly assume that if a pet is still eating normally they do not have oral pain. This is often the farthest thing from the truth since a pet’s survival instinct to eat is so strong they rarely stop eating and there are no changes in their appetite.
Pets with dental pain may have subtle behavior changes that a pet owner attributes to “just getting old.” One of the more satisfying parts of treating pets with dental pain is to have owners report that their dog or cat “seem younger” after treatment. It is not unusual for us to have pet owners tell us that their adult pets are acting like puppies or kittens and far more playful and active.
The doctors and staff at Animal Dental Care and Oral Surgery firmly believe in “multi-modal” pain relief with our patients and are dedicated to staying on the cutting edge of this practice.
This practice will involve multiple steps or “layers” of pain relief as outlined below:
Our goal is to alleviate our patient’s dental pain before, during and after an oral procedure. More importantly, we strive to prevent painful conditions from starting or recurring. Our extensive experience in treating pets in pain has taught us how integral our role is in improving the length and quality of their lives.