Pet Dental Care
Pet Dental Care at Radford Animal Hospital
At Radford Animal Hospital, we take your pet's dental hygiene seriously. Our veterinary offices are fully equipped to provide pet dental care, including routine examinations, thorough teeth cleanings, dental X-rays, and even oral surgeries and extractions. If you have a dog or a cat they rely on you to keep their teeth and gums healthy. Learn why your pet's oral health is so important, and how you can give them the dental care they deserve.
Annual Dental Exams for Pets
Our veterinarians offer annual dental exams for dogs and cats, and we recommend at least one appointment per year. Your pet's oral health will be in good hands with us. Dr. Mark Newman, who tackles dentistry in addition to other pet health services, is one of only ten Virginia veterinarians who are certified as cat and dog specialists with the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners (ABVP) – and he's the only one with his own practice.
Our Licensed Veterinary Technicians also specialize in pet dentistry and love keeping pets healthy and happy with superior preventative care. Radford Animal Hospital is located in a convenient spot right off Lee Highway, near the I-81. We see patients from throughout the New River Valley (NRV), including dogs and cats that travel from Blacksburg, Christiansburg, Fairlawn, and Dublin for their annual dental checkups.
Common Signs of Pet Dental Problems
Your pet's oral health is just as important as your own dental care. Without annual examinations and regular cleanings, small problems will gradually get worse and affect other parts of your pet's body. We work hard to spot symptoms early, diagnose oral Our Veterinary team will check your pet's mouth for common signs of pet dental problems, such as bad breath, loose or discolored teeth, swollen gums or cheeks, and excess tartar buildup.
Of course, it's important to look for these symptoms yourself too. In the time between your pet's yearly dental exams, check their mouth regularly for telltale signs of oral problems. Be aware of their appetite and eating habits, too. If they drool excessively, drop their food while eating, or refuse to eat altogether, they may be in pain.
Pet Dental Problems Treated At Radford Animal Hospital
We treat a variety of oral conditions and complications. Cavities aren't as common as you may think, but we do see many cases of periodontal disease (also known as gum disease). This disease is common for both dogs and cats, and it's very important to detect and treat this problem early. Periodontal disease can eventually lead to heart, liver, kidney, and blood problems that will decrease your pet's quality of life.
Other pet dental problems include oral cysts, fractured jaws, misaligned teeth, tooth abscesses, and broken roots. Diet plays a role in your pet's oral health, but the number one way to prevent pet dental problems is to brush your pet's teeth weekly and schedule a yearly examination.
Frequently Asked Questions About Pet Dental Care at Radford Animal Hospital
How much do you know about pet dental problems, symptoms, treatments and preventative care? Knowledge is power, and here at Radford Animal Hospital, we can serve as a powerful ally in your quest to keep your pet healthy. Here are the answers to some frequently asked questions about pet dental care.
Do Pets Suffer from the Same Kinds of Dental Problems as Humans?
Many of the same dental risks and problems we humans face also present challenges for pets. These issues may include infections, injuries, oral cancer, and periodontal disease among others.
What is Periodontal Disease and what can it do to My Pet?
Periodontal disease is a progressive gum inflammation that commonly occurs by the time an animal is well into adulthood. Bacteria clinging to dental tartar cause an inflammatory reaction that can cause gum damage and tooth loss.
What are the Warning Signs of Periodontal Disease?
Look for symptoms such as red, bleeding, or swollen gums, along with foul breath, a pus discharge, and signs that your pet finds chewing painful.
Can I tell Whether My Pet has Oral Cancer?
Oral cancer can be very difficult for owners to notice in its early stages. But this killer disease grows rapidly, and it can become highly advanced by the time you see any changes.
Why do Cracked or Broken Teeth Need Immediate Care?
A cracked or broken tooth can be extremely painful, as you know if you've ever had one yourself. But it can also fill up with bacteria that invade the root canal, gums, jawbone, and (in some case) other parts of your pet's body.
How does Your Veterinarian Help Prevent Serious Dental Issues?
Our veterinarian, Dr. Hansen, administers comprehensive dental exams, usually on an annual basis, to catch any problems that might grow into serious health challenges. Your pet will also receive teeth cleaning that strips away even the toughest tartar.
What Kinds of Treatment do You Offer?
If your pet has a dental or oral condition, trust Radford Animal hospital to provide the appropriate treatment. We can extract a diseased tooth, fight infections with medication, or perform oral surgery to remove a cancerous tumor.
What can I do to Promote My Pet's Dental Health Between Visits?
We'll teach you how to feed your pet a tooth-friendly diet, brush his teeth properly, and recognize any trouble signs that might call for an immediate evaluation.
Schedule Dental Care for Your Christiansburg, Blacksburg or Dublin Pet
Our veterinarian has the answers you need to ensure your Christiansburg, Blacksburg or Dublin pet's dental health. Call (540) 639-3891 today to schedule pet dental care!