Lakewood Animal Hospital

Pet Dental Services in Locust Grove, VA

As pet owners, we want to ensure that our furry friends are healthy and happy. However, one aspect of pet health that is often overlooked is pet dental care. Just like humans, pets can develop dental issues that can lead to pain, discomfort, and even more serious health problems. That's why it's important to take care of your pet's teeth and gums.

Importance of Pet Dental Care

Just like humans, pets can suffer from a range of dental issues, including gum disease, tooth decay, and oral infections. These issues can not only cause pain and discomfort for your pet, but they can also lead to more serious health problems if left untreated. Unlike humans, pets don't understand they deserve to expect a pain-free mouth. They also don't have the ability to politely ask for help with a bad tooth, so they soldier on, suffering in silence, while wagging their tail because they don't know any other way. Regular dental care can help prevent these issues and keep your pet's mouth healthy and pain-free.

Pet Dental Cleaning and Polishing

Lakewood Animal Hospital - Pet Dental Care

Regular dental cleanings are essential for maintaining your pet's oral health. During a cleaning, our trained professionals will remove plaque and tartar buildup from your pet's teeth, which can lead to gum disease and tooth decay. We also use specialized tools to polish your pet's teeth, leaving them smooth and clean. This process not only improves your pet's breath, but it also helps prevent future dental issues.

Digital Dental X-Rays

In some cases, a visual examination of your pet's teeth may not be enough to detect underlying dental problems. That's where dental x-rays come in. These images allow us to see below the gum line and identify any issues that may not be visible to the naked eye. This is especially important for detecting tooth decay, fractures, and other dental problems that may require treatment.

Tooth Extraction

There are times when a tooth may need to be extracted due to severe decay or damage. Our team is trained to perform tooth extractions in a safe and gentle manner. We also provide pain management and aftercare instructions to ensure your pet's comfort and recovery.

Signs of Dental Disease in Pets

It is important for pet owners to be aware of the signs of dental disease in their pets. Unfortunately, most dogs and cats with infected gums and painful teeth do not show their owners any symptoms. Most of these pets are eating well and acting normally enough to not alarm their owners. They are not able to call their dentist to request help so pet owners need to be aware of the symptoms of dental disease and have their pet's teeth evaluated by a veterinarian at least once each year. Some common signs to look out for include:

Bad Breath

Bad breath is often the ONLY sign of dental disease in pets that owners can readily identify. If your pet's breath has a foul odor, it could be a sign of infection or other dental issues.

Difficulty Eating

If your pet is having difficulty eating or is avoiding certain types of food, it could be a sign of dental disease. This is because dental disease can cause pain and discomfort in the mouth, making it difficult for pets to chew and eat.

Excessive Drooling

Excessive drooling can also be a sign of dental disease in pets. This is because the buildup of plaque and tartar can irritate the gums and cause them to produce more saliva.

Red or Swollen Gums

Healthy gums should be pink and firm. If your pet's gums are red, swollen, or bleeding, it could be a sign of dental disease. This is because the bacteria from dental disease can cause inflammation and infection in the gums.

Loose or Missing Teeth

As dental disease progresses, it can cause tooth loss in pets. If you notice that your pet has loose or missing teeth, it is important to seek veterinary care as soon as possible.

Changes in Behavior

Dental disease can be painful for pets, which can cause changes in their behavior. If your pet is suddenly more irritable, withdrawn, or is avoiding certain activities, it could be a sign of dental issues.

If you notice any of these signs in your pet, it is important to schedule a dental check-up with your veterinarian. They will be able to assess your pet's dental health and provide treatment if necessary.

Schedule a Dental Appointment for Your Pet

If you notice any signs of dental problems in your pet, such as bad breath, difficulty eating, or swollen gums, it's important to schedule a dental appointment as soon as possible. Our pet dental services can help address these issues and prevent them from becoming more serious. We also recommend regular dental check-ups to catch any potential problems early on.

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We are conveniently located in the Marketplace at Lake of the Woods shopping center directly across from the Lake of the Woods front entrance in Locust Grove, VA.

Phone: 540-972-2203

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