Shawnee Animal Clinic Hours

Monday - Friday: 8am - 7pm Saturday: 8am - 4pm

Pet Dental Care

Dental ServicesMaintaining your pet's dental hygiene can add years on to their life. You will also increase his or her health, vitality, and well-being. Dental care is also another factor in minimizing the lifetime cost of care for your pet.

Dental disease can not only be painful and inhibit proper nutrition; it can also lead to serious systemic issues that may threaten your pet's health before symptoms are noticeable. For example, oral bacteria that enter the bloodstream can damage your pet's kidneys, heart, or liver.

The importance of proper dental care is overlooked by many pet owners. It is estimated that more than 80 percent of dogs and 70 percent of cats develop tooth and gum disease by the age of three.

Because of this, Shawnee Animal Clinic takes the oral and dental health of your animal very seriously.

The centerpiece of good dental care is a complete oral exam followed by a thorough cleaning. Dental cleanings include ultrasonic scaling along with polishing and a mouth rinse. This combination is designed to remove plaque and slow its buildup.

We also offer digital dental X-rays; high-definition images that provide a view below your pet's gum line and jaw in order to look for evidence of dental disease that cannot be seen by visual examination alone. This is an excellent tool for enabling the treatment of dental issues before they become much larger and more expensive medical issues.

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Dental Surgery

Dental SurgeryShould we find any issues, such as evidence of gum or tooth decay, gingivitis, or excessive plaque buildup, we will discuss this with you and provide treatment options. All of our doctors are highly experienced dental practitioners and we offer a number of dental procedures and oral surgeries. For more complicated or severe cases, we may refer you to a board certified specialist.

Home Dental Care

Dental care is not something that can be left to periodic visits with your veterinarian. Because plaque buildup – the primary cause of poor oral health – is a gradual process occurring throughout the life of your pet, it is important to practice good home dental care. This means regular tooth brushing and in some cases additional steps may be necessary. Any member of the our staff can show you the proper method for caring for your pet's teeth as well as help you select the most effective dental products for your pet.

You should also be able to recognize the signs of poor oral health:

  • Persistent bad breath – one of the first signs of dental disease
  • Tartar or plaque buildup (ask your veterinarian how to identify these)
  • A yellowish-brown crust of plaque on the teeth near the gum line
  • Red and swollen gums
  • Pain or bleeding when your pet eats or when the mouth or gums are touched
  • Pawing at the mouth
  • Decreased appetite or difficulty eating
  • Loose or missing teeth

If you notice any of these symptoms, you may want to contact us at (740) 353-5758.

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