Dental care keeps pets healthier
Dental care, like in humans, is critical to your pet’s wellness. Our team focuses on preventing dental issues that can cause discomfort for your pet. Should a problem occur, you can count on our staff to provide gentle treatment to get your pet feeling good again.
Professional dental examinations should begin with your pet’s first visit to San Marco Animal Hospital and continue through life. It is rarely too early or too late to improve the condition of their mouth. Our doctors check for indications that harmful oral bacteria are overpopulated. Like in humans, untreated gum disease in animals can lead to bad breath, puffy and bleeding gums, mouth pain, tooth loss, tooth decay, tooth root abscesses, heart disease and even diabetes!
Dental cleanings are performed under anesthesia to ensure your pet’s comfort. Just like a human dentist, we use an ultrasonic scaler and polisher to remove bacteria, plaque, and hardened tartar. Your pet returns home with sparkling clean teeth and fresher breath. With a proper diet, an at-home brushing kit, water additives, and special chew treats, you can help your pet enjoy good dental health between checkups.
Pets dental care at San Marco Animal Hospital
Dental care is just as important to the wellness of your pet as a healthy mouth is to yours. Our team at the San Marco Animal Hospital focuses on helping you prevent dental issues that ultimately cause discomfort for your pet and expense for you.
Dental cleanings are performed under anesthesia to ensure the comfort of your pet. We use an ultrasonic scaler and polisher to remove bacteria, plaque, and hardened tartar.
Here is a glimpse of how we clean your pet’s teeth
We clean the teeth, then polish and rinse the mouth before we wake the patient up.
Our team recommends an annual dental checkup, possibly more frequently for older pets or those with compromised health.
We provide emergency and non-urgent dental treatment when problems do occur. We handle digital x-rays, extractions, soft tissue injuries, mouth cysts and tumors, and other dental procedures in-house.
Call San Marco Animal Hospital in Jacksonville, FL, for pet dental care that keeps you smiling, too.
Warning signs of dental problems
Our team recommends at least an annual dental checkup, possibly more frequently for older pets, clients with diabetes, or those with compromised health. However, please schedule a visit (walk-ins are welcome, too) if your pet exhibits signs of dental distress such as:
- a loose or broken tooth
- mouth pain, bleeding or swelling of the face/snout
- unusual drooling, chewing or dropping food
- diminished appetite
- buildup of tartar
- discoloration of teeth
- extra teeth
- foul breath
- irritability or other changes in behavior
Our team provides emergent and non-urgent dental treatment when problems do occur. We handle extractions, tooth root abscesses, soft tissue injuries, oral cysts and tumours, and other dental procedures in-house.
Call San Marco Animal Hospital at 904-516-9767, for pet dental care that keeps you smiling, too.
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.