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Pet Dental Care

A Dazzling Smile and Bright Eyes

Oakhurst Veterinary Hospital is committed to providing services and education about how to keep your pet’s teeth, gums, and eyes clear and healthy.

Pet Dental Care

Dental cleaning on a dog
Dental cleaning

We adhere to the standards set forth by the American Veterinary Dental Society. Using advanced technology, such as digital x-ray imaging, our team can diagnose and treat a variety of issues, including periodontal disease.

Although preventable, periodontal disease is, unfortunately, all too common among cats and dogs. Left untreated, it can cause not only bad breath, but a great deal of pain and discomfort as well. Severe cases can affect the heart, lungs, and kidneys and can even be fatal.

At Oakhurst Veterinary Hospital, our clients can take advantage of a free oral exam at any time. Your veterinarian will thoroughly examine your pet’s teeth and gums and help you determine the type of care that would be most beneficial for your companion.

Dental Cleanings

During a routine cleaning, we examine the whole mouth, looking for signs of periodontal disease, lesions, sores, and diseased teeth. However, the only way to determine the entire health of your pet’s mouth is to do so under anesthesia. This allows us to assess the complete condition of your pet’s teeth by probing below the gum line, where much of the bacteria hides. Under anesthesia, we can safely remove any plaque buildup both above and below the gum line. X-rays of the roots and supporting bone are also essential.

At-Home Dental Care

The veterinarians at Oakhurst Veterinary Hospital will help you determine the best plan for at-home dental care for your pet. Common options include:

  • Regular tooth brushing
  • Sealants
  • Oral tooth washes
  • Drinking water additives
  • Dental chews
  • Dental toys
  • Dental diets

Comprehensive Pet Eye Care

Eye examination of a dog
Eye exam

The eye is a delicate organ, and because pets are inherently active, injuries to the eyes are common. In addition, your pet may suffer from a disorder such as dry eye, cataracts, glaucoma, or blindness. At Oakhurst Veterinary Hospital, we routinely diagnose and treat eye injuries, as well as a variety of illnesses affecting your pet’s eyes and sight.

If you notice any of the following symptoms, please contact us for immediate care:

  • Squinting
  • Rubbing of the eyes
  • Red eyes
  • Cloudiness in the eyes
  • Change in eye appearance
  • Swelling
  • Loss of vision
  • Abnormal eye movement
  • Different sized pupils

The Eye Exam: What to Expect

Your veterinarian will perform an eye exam as part of every routine wellness visit. We utilize an ophthalmoscope, which is an instrument with a light and a magnifying lens, to look inside your pet’s eyes.

We also use a variety of assessments to diagnose eye conditions in pets. Some of the more common tests include:

  • Fluorescein staining for corneal abrasions
  • Tonometry—Measuring the pressure inside the eye
  • Cytology—Sampling and examining the cells of the eyes
  • Conjunctival scraping—Sampling and examining the cells on the inside of the eyelids to identify the type of swelling present
  • Schirmer tear test—Checking for proper production of moisture or tears
  • Bacterial culture and sensitivity

Our doctors have extensive experience in pet dental and eye care. Please do not hesitate to contact us with any questions or concerns.