Veterinary Dentistry in Shippensburg, PA
Providing Total Dental Care for Your Pets
Have you ever been repulsed by your pet’s breath? This can indicate a dental problem. While humans brush their teeth daily, many don’t know that animals need their teeth brushed as well. In fact, veterinary dentistry is one of the most overlooked areas of animal health. This is an important field of veterinary care and proper dental care can even add up to five years to your pet’s life. Shippensburg, Mount Rock, and Allen Road Animal Hospitals can help.
Why Proper Dental Care Is Important
Contrary to popular belief, pet dental disease doesn’t only affect the mouth. If left undetected and/or untreated, it can lead to more serious problems that affect the heart, liver, and kidneys. One of the most commonly occurring oral problems in adult dogs and cats is periodontal disease, which is the progressive inflammation of the supporting structures around the teeth. In fact, 80% of dogs and 70% of cats show signs of oral disease by the time they’re three. When a pet’s teeth remain unbrushed, bacteria forms plaque on the teeth. This plaque then mixes with saliva to form tartar, which adheres to the teeth. The bacteria then move under the gums, resulting in gingivitis, or gum inflammation. If it remains untreated, the bacteria can enter the bloodstream and move through the body.
How We Diagnose Dental Disease & Our Dental Services
When you bring your pet in for a dental cleaning and examination, we will begin by putting your pet under anesthesia so we are able to inspect his or her mouth with ease. During this inspection, we will examine your pet’s teeth and gums as well as take dental radiographs which allow the doctor to view below the gumline for disease that is not visible to the naked eye.
If you notice your pet with any of the symptoms of dental or periodontal disease of mouth pain, please notify our office when you bring your pet in:
- Your pet has horrible breath
- Your pet has redness or bleeding along the gum line
- Your pet frequently drools, and the drool may be tinged with blood
- Your pet has trouble chewing
- Your pet paws at his or her mouth
- Your pet has loose or missing teeth
- Your pet’s face is swollen, especially under the eyes
- Your pet has frequent nasal discharge
After we examine your pet’s mouth, we will scale and polish your pet’s teeth. We will also perform any necessary tooth extractions.
Ways to Prevent Dental Disease
Our veterinarians recommend that you frequently brush your pet’s teeth, use dental rinses in his or her drinking water, feed your pet a prescription diet, and maintain regular dental check-ups to keep your pet’s teeth in tip-top shape. The earlier you start these habits, the better your pet’s dental health will be and the longer they’ll be able to go without needing a tooth extracted.
Providing Care to Animals of All Sizes
At Shippensburg Animal Hospital we have the unique ability to care for all of your fur babies, no matter their size. From the biggest horse to the smallest hamster and everything in between, we're ready to care for them.
A Long History In This Community
Founded in 1949, Shippensburg Animal Hospital has been serving our community's needs both big and small for nearly seven decades. When you have an animal in need come to a place with unmatched compassion and experience.
Three Convenient Locations
In order to take the best care of our community, Shippensburg Animal Hospital is proud to have three locations to serve you. We can be found in at our Shippensburg, Mount Rock, or Allen Road location. Click here to learn more.
“Dr. Hoover was very professional and comforting, and provided me with a wealth of information in case this occurs again in the fut ...”- Emily Dice
“We appreciate all your staff has done for all our pets.”- Jeanette Bitner & Jim Beichler
“I value the concern shown for my pet and people who know our pets are like family.”- Denylu Knox