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Pet Dental Care From Your Ocala Veterinarians
At Town & Country Animal Hospital, our Ocala veterinarians pride themselves in providing the highest level of dental care to pets in Ocala, Huntington, Williston, Silver Springs, and the surrounding areas. And while we offer a wide range of veterinary services, including routine wellness exams and even emergency care, one of our more utilized services is that of pet dental care.
Pet owners need to understand the importance of taking care of their pets' teeth; a lack of dental hygiene can easily result in tooth decay, painful gum disease, cracked teeth, and a number of other problems down-the-road. In some cases, dental problems can even result in other physical problems, such as heart disease and trouble eating.
Benefits of a Professional Teeth Cleaning
The good news is that we offer professional pet teeth cleaning services right here in our office for your convenience, in addition to a number of other dental care services. During a teeth cleaning, we're able to perform a thorough examination and cleaning of not only the teeth, but areas underneath the gums as well. This is an important part of treating gum disease or, in some cases, preventing it altogether.
As part of our preparation for your pet's teeth cleaning, we'll take the time to run some blood work to ensure your pet is healthy. From there, we can use a local anesthetic for your pet's safety and comfort during the cleaning, all while our experienced veterinary team carefully monitors your pet's vital signs throughout the procedure. As part of the dental exam, we'll also take digital X-rays of your pet's teeth, which may help to reveal problem areas that may not otherwise be obvious to the naked eye.
If needed, we can also extract any teeth that may be beyond the point of saving. And before we send your pet home to you, we'll polish your pet's teeth and apply a fluoride treatment for further protection.
Additional Tips for At-Home Dental Care
In addition to bringing your pet in for regular dental cleanings, we also recommend taking dental hygiene measures at home to protect your pet's teeth. This includes taking the time to brush your pet's teeth as often as possible, providing chew toys for dogs, and feed your pet dry food (which is thought to be better for teeth). There are also special, flavorless additives that can be mixed into your pet's water to promote better breath and reduce plaque and tartar buildup, in addition to some treats that are designed to help "brush" your pet's teeth (ideal for pets who don't tolerate a manual tooth brushing).
Request Your Pet's Appointment Today
If your pet is due for a dental cleaning, be sure to contact our office at Town & Country Animal Hospital today. You can reach us at 352-840-7020; we'd be happy to schedule an appointment at a time and date that works with your hectic schedule, so give us a call!