Pet Dental Services at Hamilton Road Animal Hospital in Columbus OH
Pet dental care is important for your pet’s comfort and quality of life! Getting your pet regular check ups at the veterinarian’s office can help ensure that your pet’s mouth stays healthy and any dental problems are detected in their early stages. This can help prevent the spread of infection through your pet’s body, and can also prevent unnecessary pain and tooth loss. At Hamilton Road Animal Hospital, we help pets maintain healthy teeth and gums with regular checkups, dental cleanings and more.
Dental Examinations from Our Veterinarians
We recommend that all pets get their teeth examined by a veterinarian at least annually. We’ll look for evidence of gum disease and tartar buildup on your pet’s teeth. We’ll also look for signs of other dental problems and gum disease such as:
- Bleeding gums
- Bad breath
- Loose or broken teeth
- Inflamed gums
- Tooth pain
- Discomfort in the mouth
- Reluctance to eat or chew crunchy treats
During your pet’s dental examination, we’ll also answer any questions that you might have about dental care at home. Our consultations help pet owners take care of their pet’s teeth and help prevent other mouth problems and gum disease from occurring.
Dental Cleanings for the Surrounding Communities of Columbus, Whitehall, Bexley, Reynoldsburg, Gahanna, Pickerington, and Groveport
Many pets in Columbus need to have their teeth cleaned by a veterinarian at least once a year. During dental cleanings, we remove tartar from your pet’s teeth and from below the gum line. This dental cleaning procedure ensures that your pet’s teeth are clean and smooth, which helps prevent tartar from building up on your pet’s teeth after the cleaning.
Sometimes other dental procedures in addition to teeth cleaning need to be done to help keep your pet’s mouth healthy. At Hamilton Road Animal Hospital, we also perform tooth extractions and remove oral masses.
Anesthesia During Dental Procedures
Anesthesia is an important part of every dental procedure at Hamilton Road Animal Hospital. We use general anesthesia to keep your pet comfortable and calm throughout the dental procedure and teeth cleaning. Some pet owners express concern about the safety of anesthesia during dental procedures. We will answer all questions that pet owners may have before the procedure begins. This helps pet owners determine whether or not anesthesia is right for their pet.
Common Dental Conditions in Dogs and Cats
Dogs and cats are vulnerable to a variety of conditions that can affect their teeth and gums. Below are some of the most common dental problems that affect pets:
- Gingivitis. Gingivitis can cause your pet’s gums to become inflamed and red. This condition is an early stage of periodontal disease. Without proper treatment, your pet’s gingivitis can turn into something more serious.
- Abscesses. An abscess is a collection of pus that builds up near your pet’s tooth, causing pain and inflammation.
- Infections. Infections around a tooth and gums can cause tooth pain. Left untreated, infections can spread to other parts of the body.
- Periodontal disease. Periodontal disease is caused by a buildup of bacteria in the pet’s mouth. Periodontal disease can lead to bone and gum loss.
- Broken and loose teeth. Broken, loose and missing teeth are often the result of untreated periodontal disease.
Caring for Your Pet’s Teeth at Home in Columbus, Whitehall, Bexley, Reynoldsburg, Gahanna, Pickerington, and Groveport, OH
In addition to taking your pet to the veterinarian, you can also help your pet keep his or her teeth clean by brushing your pet’s teeth at home with specially formulated toothpaste. Most pets can be trained to sit still and allow you to brush their teeth. If you have questions about pet tooth brushing, your pet’s veterinarian will be happy to answer any questions that you may have.
Contact Our Veterinarians at Hamilton Road Animal Hospital in Columbus, OH
As your pet’s veterinary expert in Columbus, we can help your pet maintain healthy teeth and gums. Hamilton Road Animal Hospital serves the dogs and cats of Columbus, Whitehall, Bexley, Reynoldsburg, Gahanna, Pickerington and Groveport. To make an appointment for your pet, contact us today at (614) 239-0027.