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Pet Dentistry from Our Veterinarian in Gary

Did you know that your pet's dental health plays a huge role in its overall well-being? At Glen Park Animal Hospital, our Gary veterinarian team provides comprehensive pet dental exams and cleanings for dogs and cats of all breeds. We encourage all pet owners from Gary, Merrillville, Hammond, and surrounding Indiana communities to schedule an annual pet dental exam with our experienced vet staff--keep reading to learn why!

Dog getting his teeth brushed at his veterinarian.

Why Pet Dental Health Matters

You've been told your whole life just how important it is to take care of your teeth and gum health. Well, as it turns out, dental health is just as important for your pets, too!

  • Healthy teeth and gums lead to a healthier body. Infections and disease in the gums and teeth can spread to other parts of the body via the bloodstream. In severely advanced cases, this can lead to heart disease, organ failure, or even death. 
  • Periodontal (gum) disease, tooth abscess, broken teeth, and even oral tumors and cysts can be very painful and troublesome for your pet. Dental health problems in pets often present with uncomfortable signs and symptoms including broken or missing teeth, bleeding and swollen gums, difficulty chewing food, and bad breath. You can help your dog or cat avoid these issues by maintaining regular teeth brushing schedule and annual dental exam visit with your vet. 
  • Keeping a regular pet dental routine at home (and annually with your Gary vet) can also save you a lot of time and money in the long run, by preventing a pet dental problem before it develops. 

What to Expect During a Pet Dental Exam & Cleaning With Our Gary Vet Staff

First, our vet staff will put your pet under general anesthesia. This is to ensure your animal stays still and is comfortable and pain-free throughout the procedure; it also gives our Gary vet team better access to all the areas within your pet's mouth, allowing us to more thoroughly inspect your pet's gums, teeth, tongue, and jaw. 

During the exam, we'll use specialized pet dental tools to assess the health of all the internal structures within your animal's oral cavity. We'll also clean the teeth, removing bacteria-loving tartar and plaque.

Finally, we'll follow up with you after the session to discuss with you the results of our exam. If early warning signs of a dental problem have been detected (they often are--even without obvious symptoms!), we'll discuss specific treatment options to address the issue. We'll also give you tips on how to care for your dog or cat in the hours and days following the appointment to ensure there are no complications from the anesthesia. 

3 Ways To Maximize Your Pet's Dental Health Between Visits With Your Gary Vet

In addition to scheduling an annual pet dental exam and cleaning, here are 3 things you can do to ensure your pet's dental health stays in tip top shape:

  1. Brush your pet's teeth with a vet-approved toothbrush and toothpaste at least a couple times per week. It's best to establish a regular brushing routine when your pet is young, but even older dogs and cats can learn to tolerate, if not enjoy, teeth brushing. Our vet staff can give you all the helpful tips, tools, and tricks to 
  2. Always give your pet access to fresh water, and make sure your pet's food offers a balanced and complete nutritional profile. Our vet staff can help you figure out the best type of food and nutritional supplements to give your pet depending on its specific needs. 
  3. Gnawing and chewing (within reason!) is normal animal behavior. Make sure your pet has safe toys to chew on to promote strong and healthy teeth. 

Contact Our Local Veterinarian in Gary for More Information Today!

Have your pet's teeth and gums been professionally examined and cleaned recently? If not, give us a call, now's the perfect time to go ahead and schedule a pet dental exam with our Gary veterinarian team. To arrange an appointment or to learn about our other veterinary services, then call Glen Park Animal Hospital now at 219-980-4944. We look forward to working with you and your beloved animal!

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