Pet Dentistry in Watkinsville, GA

Southern Hearts Veterinary Hospital provides comprehensive pet dentistry services. Dental care is an important part of your pet’s overall wellbeing as oral problems can affect the health of the entire body. Periodontal disease is very common in pets, and most will show symptoms of it by the time they are three years old. It’s caused by plaque buildup on the teeth, which provides a perfect breeding ground for harmful bacteria. The infection caused by these germs can lead to decay and deterioration of the gums and roots, resulting in loss of teeth, swollen, painful, and bleeding gums, and eating problems due to pain and discomfort. If it is not treated early, it can spread and cause serious harm to internal organs including the heart, lungs, liver, and kidneys. Regular exams and teeth cleaning is the key to effective pet dentistry in Watkinsville, GA.

Our hospital is fully equipped to provide your pet with the best possible dental care. When your cat or dog comes in for a dental exam and cleaning, your vet will assess their general physical health, run some routine lab tests, and take a full set of X-rays. Anesthesia will be administered to keep them calm during the procedure and a veterinary technician will closely monitor their vital signs throughout the process. The vet will perform a thorough examination of their teeth and gums looking for signs of decay and other problems. They’ll apply fillings to cavities where possible, and perform extractions where necessary. Then your pet’s teeth will be cleaned and scaled and polished to a shiny white. They’ll spend a short time in recovery and then they can go home. 

Pet Dental Care At Home

There’s a lot you can do at home to promote good oral health in your pet. Get into the habit of inspecting their teeth regularly looking for signs of problems, including missing, broken, or darkened teeth and swollen or bleeding gums, exceptionally bad breath, and ulcers on their cheeks and tongue. Refusal to eat and unusual chewing motions can indicate pain in the mouth. With a little practice and patience, you can train your cat or dog to let you brush their teeth, with the same benefits you get from brushing your own. Ask your vet about special dental chews, treats, and foods you can purchase. 

Southern Hearts Animal Hospital in Watkinsville, GA, is ready to provide your pet with all their health care needs, including pet dentistry. To schedule an appointment for an exam and teeth cleaning simply contact us online. 


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