Good Shepherd Pet Hospital has a comprehensive dental program that addresses preventative measures and treatments to care for the oral hygiene of dogs and cats which prevents issues such as periodontal disease and other conditions that can compromise your pet’s quality of life. Whether helping pet owners learn how to brush their pet’s teeth in the early stages of life or providing treatment to more serious mouth, tooth or gum issues, we are here to provide the most technically advanced dental care using digital dental radiological diagnostics and a highly-skilled team.

What signs and symptoms should you look for in your dog or cat’s mouth that may cause concern?

Bad Breath: certain oral conditions may cause bad breath in your dog or cat’s mouth which may include issues with periodontal disease, plaque and tartar build-up or an underlying medical condition.

Difficulty with Chewing or Swallowing: Many acute and chronic conditions can cause your pet to demonstrate difficulty with chewing and swallowing food including injury, sores, abscesses, broken teeth, or chronic medical conditions.

Cavities, Fractures or Broken Teeth: Yes, your dog or cat can develop cavities just like humans. Our highly-advanced digital dental equipment can image the complete dentition of your pet’s mouth including pinpointing cavities, hairline or more pronounced fractures and the condition of broken teeth.

Bleeding Gums, Abscesses, Mouth Ulcers and Sores: such conditions can cause your dog or cat to experience painful symptoms and can also prohibit your pet from chewing and swallowing properly. A good visual inspection of your pet’s mouth by our veterinary team can determine if such problems are evident so we can treat such issues and make your pet feel more comfortable.

Cuts or Lacerations: Sometimes a pet can injury his or her mouth or gum line by coming in contact with a sharp object, chew toy or rawhide, environmental factors, a fight with another animal and more. We can address such issues by conducting a thorough examination of the mouth to pinpoint in order to provide treatment to your pet’s well-being and comfort.

Periodontal Disease: Harmful bacteria in your pet’s mouth can cause onset periodontal disease which spreads bacteria beneath the gum line that may cause the bone structure and other elements that hold teeth in place to degrade. A serious condition, routine examinations and digital dental radiographs can prevent your pet’s oral health from declining.

Other Serious Diseases: Unfortunately, some pets are susceptible to serious mouth and throat conditions such as oral cancer and other chronic diseases. Having the chance to provide comprehensive preventative care for your pet through routine examinations allows our team to also act proactively with proper diagnostics and treatment when more serious mouth conditions arise such as cancer.

If you have questions or concerns about the well-being of your pet’s health including dental-related issues, please call our office to set up an appointment at 813-920-0303.