At Lenox Hill Veterinarians, we offer a full-service animal hospital offering medical, dental, surgical, and other types of veterinarian services. Our facility of Lenox Hill Veterinarians is led by Dr. Putter, who has been serving the local communities for over three decades. Our facility is also open for house calls, critical care, and emergency care.

One of the services we offer at Lenox Hill Veterinarians is pet dental care. This is an essential aspect of the health, hygiene, and overall well-being of your pet. Oral health issues can lead to bad breath, loose or broken teeth, reduced appetite, painful mouth or jawline, bleeding or swelling of the mouth, and other types of issues. An untreated pet can also suffer from behavioral issues and depression due to dental health issues. That’s why our team is here to provide your animal the dental care he or she needs for a happy and healthy life.

If your pet has not had a dental checkup recently, you need to bring him or her to our facility as soon as possible. Regular dental exams are essential for finding and treating any issues with your pet’s oral health. The teeth and gums of your pet should be checked at least once a year. We also use anesthesia during dental cleanings, depending on the severity of plaque and tartar around the pet’s teeth.

Apart from dental health checkups, we provide diagnosis and treatment for several types of dental health-related conditions. We offer cleanings, tooth extractions, adjustments, oral repairs, and other types of dental care services. In your pet’s first session with us at Lenox Hill Veterinarians, our veterinarians will perform a comprehensive oral exam of the pet. In some cases, we may require a dental x-ray to complete the diagnosis of the teeth and jawline. Several dental conditions can occur below the gum line, so an x-ray helps provide a complete understanding of your animal’s current oral health.

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Although you can help with good oral hygiene at home, pets are still susceptible to periodontal disease, bleeding gums, and broken teeth. If these issues are not resolved, they can lead to severe complications for your pet’s health. Our veterinarians will identify potential problems early, which makes treating them easier. We can also recommend ways to promote better oral health at home.

A pet can show behaviors or symptoms that indicate a dental problem. Some of these symptoms may include:

  • Bleeding or red gums
  • A loss of appetite or pawing at the mouth
  • Drooling more than normal
  • Discoloration of the teeth
  • Foul breath
  • Atypical behaviors such as an inability to sleep or increased aggression

If you notice any of these symptoms, contact one of our veterinarians right away.

Pets should have their teeth examined once per year. However, if your pet has had a history of teeth or gum complications, the frequency may be higher. Preventative care is the best way to avoid a costly procedure and ensure your pet is not experiencing discomfort. Periodontal disease affects cats and dogs as early as the age of three. Not only can it cause damage to your pet’s mouth, but dangerous bacteria can get into the bloodstream, affecting major organs like the heart, lungs, and kidneys.

General anesthesia helps ensure that your pet remains calm during the thorough cleaning and examination. Your pet will not experience any pain and it allows us to complete all of the necessary aspects of dental care. The cleaning includes scaling of the teeth, X-rays, and an inspection of the gums. It would not be possible to do these things without sedation.