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Most pet owners are surprised to learn about the need for dental care for their animals. That probably explains why we see so many dental problems that could have been prevented. At Walker Veterinary Hospital, oral health prevention is very important.

Periodontal (gum) disease is one of the most common diseases affecting our pets. Periodontal disease is caused by bacteria that build up overtime on the teeth, leading to hardened tartar (calculus). The bacteria causes inflammation and infection of the surrounding gum tissues (gingivitis). In the early stages, gingivitis can be reversed if we treat it properly. Treatment at this time will save your pet from pain and teeth extractions in the future! If left to progress, the inflammation and infection will spread to the jawbone where there is permanent damage (periodontitis), leading to pain and discomfort. Bacteria in the mouth can enter the bloodstream and affect other organs in the body like the heart, kidney, and liver. The American Veterinary Dental College is a great resource for more extensive information.

At Walker Veterinary Hospital, our dental procedures are a Complete Oral Health Assessment and Treatment (COHAT). We will thoroughly evaluate the mouth, take full-mouth dental x-rays, and properly clean the teeth above and below the gumline under general anesthesia. If there is an indication to extract teeth based on the exam and x-rays, we perform nerve blocks and administer pain medications to keep your pet comfortable.

Since at home oral health prevention is critical to prevent periodontal disease, we have a variety of methods and are more than happy to find a plan that works best for your family.

Please contact us today at (209) 478-8883 for a consultation for your pet’s needs.