While routine dental care is an essential component of cats' and dogs' oral and overall health, most pets don't receive the oral hygiene care they need to keep their teeth and gums healthy.
At our veterinary hospital in Stroudsburg, we offer complete dental care for your pet, from basics such as dental exams, teeth cleanings, and polishing, to dental X-rays and surgeries.
Dental health education for pet owners about at-home dental care is also a high priority.
We understand that learning that your pet needs dental surgery can feel intimidating. We strive to make this process as stress-free as possible, for both you and your pet.
We'll do everything in our power to ensure your pet's experience with us is easy and comfortable. This means breaking down each step of the process for you in detail before the procedure, including preparation and post-operative care needs.
We offer tooth extractions, jaw fracture repair surgeries, and gum disease treatment for dogs and cats.
Similar to your annual checkup at the dentist, your dog or cat should come in for a dental examination at least annually. Pets who are more susceptible to dental problems than others might need to see us more often.
Barton Heights Veterinary Hospital can assess, diagnose and treat dental health problems in cats and dogs.
If you notice any of the following symptoms in your pet, it's time for a dental checkup.
We will conduct a thorough pre-anesthetic physical assessment for your pet before their dental exam
Blood and urine analyses will be taken to make sure your pet can safely undergo anesthesia. Additional diagnostics, such as chest radiographs may also be conducted.
Once your pet is under anesthesia, we will conduct a complete oral examination (tooth by tooth) and charting.
The next step is to clean and polish the teeth (including under the gum line) and take X-rays. We then apply a fluoride treatment to each tooth.
Finally, a dental sealant is applied to prevent plaque from attaching to the enamel. If advanced periodontal disease is found, the veterinarian will develop a treatment plan and explain it to you.
Ideally, you'll bring your pet in for a follow-up examination two weeks after their initial assessment and treatment appointment.
During this visit, we'll discuss how to implement teeth brushing at home. We can also recommend products to help improve your pet's oral health.
Here are some of the most frequently asked questions from our patients about pet dental care.
Our pets can develop periodontal disease or tooth decay as a consequence of poor oral health.
Just like in humans, when animals eat, plaque sticks to their teeth and can build up into tartar if not brushed away regularly.
This can lead to infections in the mouth, periodontal disease, tooth decay, and even loose or missing teeth. That's why regular dental care is essential to preventing pain or disease in the gums.
Did you know behavior may be an indication of oral health problems? If your pet is experiencing dental problems, they drool excessively (and the drool may contain pus or blood), or you may notice them pawing at their mouth or teeth. They may also yawn excessively, grind their teeth, or stop grooming sufficiently.
Other signs of oral health problems include bad breath, swollen gums, and tooth discoloration. Some pets may even suffer from pain that keeps them from eating. Read more about symptoms to the left under Pet Teeth Cleaning & Exams.
Besides causing problems ranging from cavities and bad breath to severe periodontal disease, oral health issues and conditions can lead to disease in the liver, kidney, heart, and other areas throughout your pet's body.
Cysts or tumors may develop. Your pet may also not feel well in general (if you've ever had a toothache, you know how it can affect your mood!). In addition, diseases related to oral health conditions can shorten the lifespan of your pet and cause significant pain.
This is why regular dental care is so essential to animals' physical health and wellbeing.
During your pet’s regular oral exam, the vet will examine his or her mouth and look for oral health conditions or any symptoms needing treatment.
The vet will clean tartar and other debris from your cat's or dog's teeth. If cavities, gingivitis, or other conditions need to be addressed, the vet will explain these to you and provide advice on which actions you should take.
In some cases, surgery will be needed to treat serious conditions. Your pet will be provided with anesthesia before their dental procedure to ensure they are comfortable and do not experience any pain. However, special care will be needed post-surgery.
If you notice any of these symptoms, schedule a dental appointment with us.
At home, you should brush your pet's teeth regularly and give them dental chew toys. These will help eliminate plaque.
Do not allow them to chew on things that will damage their teeth, such as bones, toys, or objects that are too hard. Always contact your vet with any questions or concerns regarding your pet's oral health.
Because cats and dogs do not understand what's happening during dental procedures, they will often react by struggling or biting.
Similar to how dentists offer anesthesia to human patients who may be nervous or anxious, our vets in Stroudsburg provide anesthesia to all of our patients before performing dental procedures. This puts less stress on animals and allows us to X-ray their mouth as required.
Barton Heights Veterinary Hospital is accepting new patients! Our experienced vets are passionate about the health of Stroudsburg companion animals. Get in touch today to book your pet's first appointment.