Dental Care

 

Pet Dental Care in Annandale

You work hard to maintain your pearly whites, but your pet cannot do the same for themselves. That is why it is up to you (and us) to keep your pet’s mouth clean. At Columbia Pike Animal Hospital in Annandale, we consider pet dental care to be essential to companion animal wellness, which is why we offer such a variety of dental services and treatments to our patients. Your pet’s oral hygiene can say a lot about their overall health, which can easily be affected by bacteria that has accumulated in the mouth.

Pet Dental Care in Annandale

Pet Dental Care Services

We want all of our patients to have clean, healthy mouths, which is why we not only provide a variety of exceptional pet dental care services here in Annandale but offer dental packages, as well. Our list of dental services includes:

  • Dental exams
  • Dental cleanings (with ultrasonic scaler)
  • Teeth polishing (to resist plaque buildup)
  • Fluoride-infused polish to strengthen tooth enamel and reduce sensitivity
  • Digital dental X-rays to look for damage below the gum line
  • Recommendation of dental supplements with major oral issues due to age, genetics, or poor health
  • Teeth brushing demonstrations

Our dental package* covers:

  • Full dental exam
  • Administration of IV fluids during dental cleaning
  • Scaling and polishing with ultrasonic scaler and high-speed polisher
  • Daytime hospitalization
  • Monitoring through recovery by technicians

*Extractions, dental X-rays, and other additional services are not included in the dental package.

Pet Dental Care in Annandale

Gum Disease

Many cats and dogs suffer from some form of gum disease, which can begin affecting pets as early as age 3, according to the American Veterinary Dental College. Gum disease occurs when plaque and tartar buildup spreads beneath the gum line. This can lead to loose teeth, bone loss, and diseases of the heart, lungs, and kidneys, should bacteria from the mouth enter the bloodstream. Signs of gum disease include:

  • Excessive drooling
  • Loose or broken teeth
  • Bad breath
  • Red, inflamed gums
  • Facial swelling
  • Difficulty eating/chewing
  • Pawing at the mouth
  • Decreased appetite

Fortunately, gum disease can easily be prevented with daily teeth brushings and regularly-scheduled teeth cleanings. It is best to start your pet early with teeth brushing, so they more quickly become accustomed to the process. If you need help brushing your pet’s teeth, let us know, and we’d be happy to help you!