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1546 San Marco Blvd
Jacksonville, FL 32207

A healthy mouth is a happy, healthy dog! The importance of dental care, early and often

“Doggie breath” is synonymous with halitosis or bad breath. It is the source of countless jokes. But it may be a symptom of oral disease. And oral disease doesn’t “just” threaten the health or integrity of your dog’s teeth and its sweet smile. As with people with gum disease, canines with gum (periodontal) disease are also at increased risk of developing other severe conditions. Fortunately, at San Marco Animal Hospital in Jacksonville, Florida, we can protect your pet’s teeth, gums, and overall health. Our veterinarians and staff appreciate the importance of exceptional dental care and services and take a particular interest in dental cleaning and exams. 

Importance of Dental Care for Dogs in Jacksonville FL Area

Do not wait for signs of trouble

We encourage clients to have their dogs’ teeth professionally cleaned at our hospital at least once every year. We use many of the same specialized tools that you may be familiar with at your dental office. For instance, an ultrasonic scaler and polisher remove bacteria, sticky plaque, food debris, and stubborn plaque build-up (tartar or calculus) from the teeth and at the gum line. This process is administered while your pup is under anesthesia for utmost comfort. It is safe and predictable, even for regular use during routine cleanings. By maintaining excellent professional oral care, we protect against gum and tooth damage that can produce chronic and distressing pain, as well as other symptoms that affect your dog’s ability to chew food comfortably. These symptoms include: 

  • Cracked or fractured teeth 
  • Teeth that are loose in their sockets
  • Very stained or yellow teeth (that’s stubborn plaque or tartar!)
  • Noticeable discomfort when trying to eat food
  • Excessive drooling 
  • Lack of appetite 
  • Bleeding; for instance, ropey and red-tinged saliva
  • Visible swelling

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We know you adore your pup. You don’t want to see them struggle or no longer enjoy their favorite activities or treats, especially when the root cause of the problem could have been prevented with cleanings integrated into regular “well” exams. Additionally, a healthy mouth is a happy and healthy pup! Researchers have found microscopic changes to distant organs, such as the heart and kidneys, among dogs with oral disease. Harmful oral bacteria don’t remain in the mouth. They can travel to other parts of the body via the bloodstream! 

Do not delay scheduling a cleaning for your dog today. Call San Marco Animal Hospital at 904-516-9767. We look forward to seeing your smiling pup! 

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Meet San Marco Animal Hospital

Dr. Venkat Gutta
San Marco Animal Hospital

Dr. Venkat Gutta moved to the US almost two decades ago to further his passion for veterinary science. Having earned a Master’s Degree in Animal Science in Georgia and having completed the North American Veterinary Licensing Exam, he completed clinical rotations at the Louisiana State University School of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Gutta then received his license to practice in Florida. For over a decade, he served as an associate veterinarian at the Banfield Pet Hospital. He benefitted from a great amount of exposure and experience, especially in high-quality veterinary medicine and surgeries for soft tissue injuries. To date, Dr. Gutta strives to be approachable to his clients and ensure that they have complete awareness and understanding of the health issues that are faced by their furry friends. His special interests lie in skin issues, behavioral problems, senior pet wellness, nutritional counseling, preventive care, and wellness examinations, particularly relevant to canine and feline medicine. Today Dr. Gutta continues to keep himself updated about modern advances in veterinary science through his memberships in the Jacksonville Veterinary Medical Society and American Veterinary Medical Association.

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Wonderful and very caring service. This hospital rate's are extremely fair and reasonable, they only perform the necessary testing needed unlike other vet places I have been to. I was very impressed with the knowledge and skills of the doctor. I finally found my new vet here in Florida! Lila and Gomez thank you!
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I took my cat to San Marco Animal Hospital and would highly recommend them. Dr. Gutta spent quite a bit of time talking to me about my cat’s health and preventative care. The staff was friendly and even called to check on my cat after his vaccines. Excellent service, and caring providers!
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