Gastonia Pet Dental Care
Keeping Your Pet’s Smile Healthy
Gaston Veterinary Hospital is proud to offer a full suite of dental care services in Gastonia for both cats and dogs. Your pet’s teeth deserve the same quality care as the rest of their body. Our Gastonia veterinarians are trained to provide high-quality dental services on site. We have a fully outfitted surgical suite that makes dental care for your pets easy. We hold ourselves to a high standard of care. Whether you’re bringing your pet in for a simple dental exam or if they’re coming to see us for a full dental cleaning under anesthesia, you can be sure that we at Gaston Veterinary Hospital will help your pet keep smiling.
When was the last time your pet had a dental exam? Schedule one today by calling (704) 251-6692!
Understanding Dental Disease in Animals
Dental disease, also known as periodontal disease, is the number one health issue among dogs and cats. It is easy to miss the signs of dental disease, leading to this disease often going unnoticed for a long period of time. Even the most attentive pet parents may miss the signs of this disease. That’s why it’s important that your pet receives a dental check-up with their annual wellness exams. If left untreated, periodontal disease can lead to serious health issues which can severely impact your pet’s quality of life.
While it’s easy to miss the signs of periodontal disease, keep an eye out for these symptoms:
- Unusually bad or smelly breath
- Blood in your pet’s saliva or water dish
- Difficulty eating
- Loss of appetite
- Excessive drooling
- Loose or missing teeth
Any combination of the above symptoms can be a sign of periodontal disease. If your pet is exhibiting a few of these symptoms, or even just one, give your veterinarian a call right away. Periodontal disease is much easier to treat in the early stages, which can save you a lot of time and money and keep your pet from experiencing the discomfort caused by advanced periodontal disease.
Plaque causes dental disease in pets just like it does in humans. Plaque is a bacterial film that gathers on the teeth. Generally, plaque can be dislodged by brushing, or, for some pets, by chewing on certain types of toys or treats. However, if plaque continues to build up, the bacteria die and create a hard film over the teeth. This is more difficult to remove and provides additional surface area for more plaque to grow. As more and more plaque buildup, it can move below the gum line where it can cause infection, loose teeth, pain, and, in the worst cases, permanent damage to the jawbone.
That’s where your vet can step in. Your vet can help combat plaque with a professional dental cleaning. For pets, this means they are put under general anesthesia so that your vet can completely remove plaque from your pet’s teeth and apply an anti-plaque coating. Your pet will be smiling again in no time!
Full-Service Dental Care at Gaston Veterinary Hospital
At Gaston Veterinary Hospital, we can help you and your pet battle periodontal disease. We offer dental exams and dental cleanings. We care deeply about your pet’s health and wellbeing and will do everything we can to keep them smiling for many years to come.
“I have been going to Gaston Vet for over 20 years. Dr. Suggs and Dr. Pearman are the best. I would not go anywhere else.”- Dianne M.
“They are the best ,I will not take our Goldens any where else. They are all so good with our fur babies.They have even sat on the floor to be at our dogs level to make them feel safe with them.”- Robin C.
“Most wonderful Doctors & staff you will find anywhere! We’ve gone there for over 15 years & they have taken care of our dog and our cat. We trust them, they are the best!”- Cathy Y.