Dental care and dental health are as important for veterinary patients as for their human families. Animal Kind Veterinary Hospital provides comprehensive dental treatment tailored to the needs of each patient. Our licensed veterinary technicians and veterinarians are experienced in the diagnosis and management of oral diseases of cats and dogs.

pet dental disease

A dog with early periodontal disease characterized by tan tartar deposition on the teeth and slight redness of the gum line. This is an indication for dental cleaning.

The American Veterinary Dental College reports that the majority of cats and dogs will begin to develop periodontal disease by the age of three. Periodontal disease is a destructive inflammatory condition affecting both teeth and the surrounding gums.  Because diet and husbandry do not seem to significantly influence this occurrence, early recognition and appropriate treatment are our best tools to prevent progression of this disease and serious problems such as oral pain, tooth loss, and difficulty eating.  Studies in dogs have shown that periodontal disease is associated with microscopic changes in the heart, liver, and kidneys.

Our veterinarians evaluate patients for signs of dental disease as part of physical examination. When dental disease is noticed, we discuss its significance and make individualized recommendations based on the patient. Our hospital offers full dental treatment and evaluation including dental radiographs (x-rays), dental cleaning, and when necessary dental extraction. Dental radiographs play an essential role in evaluating the health of teeth and the oral cavity and are a standard part of dental treatment here at Animal Kind.  For less severe cases and for preventive care, we also offer non-anesthetic dental cleaning by a specially trained, licensed veterinary technician.

pet dental care

Severe dental disease characterized by heavy tartar deposition, gum recession, as well as swelling and redness of the gums. Dental disease advanced to this stage is likely to require extraction of some teeth.

You can see quite a lot of a pet’s mouth by lifting the upper lip and examining the outer surface of the upper row of teeth near the gum line, especially the large canine teeth and the largest teeth in the back of the mouth.  Bad breath, brown discoloration on teeth, and redness or swelling of the gums are the signs we all can look for in our pets. If these signs or others are present in your friend’s mouth, please allow us the opportunity to evaluate them and discuss appropriate dental treatment options with you.