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Dental Hygiene Matters


Pets, just like humans, need regular dental checkups for optimal health. Harmful bacteria can build up in the gums and these bacteria can harm internal organs if it makes its way into the bloodstream. Chronic bad breath, incessant drooling, pawing at the mouth, a reluctance to eat, or loose or missing teeth are all signs that you should have your pet’s mouth examined.

At South Seminole Animal Hospital, we recommend regular dental cleanings and checkups for most pets. Cats or dogs with chronic gum disease may need more frequent visits.

Doctor examing dog's teeth

Safety First

Since dental cleanings require the use of general anesthesia, we treat your pet’s dental appointment the way we would an appointment for a surgical procedure. A veterinarian will be involved in every step of the procedure.

Our pre-anesthesia requirements include bloodwork, and for pets with a diagnosed heart murmur, we require an echocardiogram or heart ultrasound. The pre-surgery requirements are necessary to identify any underlying conditions that could otherwise impact your pet’s safety.

Please give us a call today to schedule your pet’s dental cleaning appointment or if you have any questions about your pet’s oral health.