Pet Dental Care

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When you choose Pennington Animal Hospital in Huntsville to maintain and protect your pet's health, you can be assured your pet is receiving veterinary care based on the highest standards. The same is true for those dogs and cats that receive our dental services.

Pets have dental diseases and problems, just like people do. The combination of regular dental check-ups and teeth cleanings with good dental hygiene at home can increase your pet's health, vitality and well-being and help ensure they lead the best life possible.

If left untreated, 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 overall health before symptoms are noticeable. For those reasons, our veterinary team strongly considers dental care an important piece of your dog's or cat's preventive health care program.

Dr. Harry Pennington, Dr. Wendy Pennington and the entire team believe the centerpiece of good dental care is a complete oral exam followed by a thorough cleaning designed to remove plaque and slow its buildup. In our animal hospital in Huntsville, your pet's dental appointment includes:

  • Oral examinations under anesthesia
  • Diagnosis and treatment of periodontal disease
  • Supra and subgingival ultrasonic scaling
  • Tooth extractions if needed
  • Polishing
  • Irrigation
  • Fluoride application

Should we find any issues, such as evidence of gum or tooth erosion, gingivitis or excessive plaque buildup, we will discuss this with you and offer treatment options for your pet. We are experienced dental practitioners and can offer numerous dental procedures and oral surgeries.

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In Between Cleanings: Dental Care at Home

You can prevent serious dental problems by making sure your pet receives dental exams at the time of each vaccination, again at 6 months of age, and then annually. In between visits to Pennington Animal Hospital, check your pet's teeth regularly for signs of problems. Brushing your pet's teeth is the single most important procedure you can do to maintain good oral health. If performed regularly, brushing dramatically decreases the incidence of gingivitis and can increase the interval between teeth cleaning appointments.

If you are unsure of how to brush your pet's teeth, please ask one of our staff members for instructions.

Signs of Pet Dental Problems

Symptoms of dental disease include:

  • Bad breath — one of the first signs of dental disease
  • 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
  • Decreased appetite or difficulty eating
  • Loose or missing teeth

If your pet is experiencing any of the above symptoms, please call Pennington Animal Hospital today for an appointment, so your pet does not needlessly spend any more time experiencing oral discomfort.

For more information on Pennington Animal Hospital's pet dental services in Huntsville, please call 256.883.4148.

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