Santa Fe Animal Hospital

Dental Care FAQs

Dental Care FAQs

Pet Dental Care FAQs

Pet dental care should be part of your pet’s regular health checkup routine. Santa Fe Animal Hospital offers dental care for pets in the Lakeland, FL area. Below are some frequently asked questions when it comes to dental care for pets. This is a great way to get some knowledge of dental care before bringing in your pet for a dental check-up.

Why Is Pet Dental Health Important?

Pet dental health is important because dental health can have a direct link to other health issues your pet is experiencing. It’s important to get your pet’s teeth and gums checked at least once a year.

What Types Of Things Will A Veterinarian Be Able To Screen For?

A veterinarian will be able to screen for a variety of health issues. One of the more common dental health issues in pets is periodontal disease. Your veterinarian can also check for:

  • tumors and cysts in your pet’s mouth
  • cleft palate and other abnormalities
  • broken roots and teeth
  • teeth and bite not being aligned correctly
  • infected teeth or abscesses
  • jaw that is broken

What Should I Expect During A Pet Dental Exam?

Your veterinarian at Santa Fe Animal Hospital in Lakeland will first perform an oral exam on your pet. The doctor may do X-rays if he or she suspects something is wrong with your pet’s teeth. A detailed anesthetic cleaning may also be recommended. Anesthesia is to protect the veterinarian and animal from injury and bites. While your pet is under anesthesia, your veterinarian will get rid of dental plaque and tartar, as well as polish the teeth.

Dental Issues To Look For

There are a number of dental issues to look for. Below are a few:

  • Loose or broken teeth
  • Swelling around the mouth
  • Bad breath
  • Pain in the mouth or around the mouth area
  • Mouth bleeding
  • Lower appetite
  • Extra teeth or baby teeth that never fell out
  • Dropping food, chewing, or drooling that is out of the ordinary
  • Discolored teeth

Common Pet Dental Problems

Common pet dental problems include:

  • A fractured jaw
  • Broken roots and teeth
  • Cleft palate
  • Periodontal disease
  • Misalignment of teeth
  • Teeth abscesses or teeth that are infected

How Can A Veterinarian Help?

A veterinarian can help by detecting oral issues early before they become more serious.

Set Up An Appointment At Santa Fe Animal Hospital in Lakeland Today

Make an appointment with one of our veterinarians today to get your pet’s teeth looking healthy again. Visit us at Santa Fe Animal Hospital at 3107 US-92, Lakeland, FL 33801 9234. You can also call us at (863) 665-5033. Get your pet’s appointment set up today!

We will be re-opening on Tuesday, March 1st!

Please note the updated process below:

  • One person per pet will be allowed in the building. We ask that you continue to check in by phone at (863) 665-5033 when you arrive for your pet’s appointment, then wait for a team member to come out and escort you and your pet into the building. 
  • We do request that you wear a mask when in the building.
  • Please social distance as best as possible when in the hospital. 
  • Our waiting room will be open with socially distanced seating. 
  • When in the waiting room, a staff member will discuss your pet’s history and take note of any issues you would like the doctor to examine.
  • Due to the exam rooms being small, a staff member will then escort your pet to the exam room, while you continue to wait in the waiting room. 
  • After the examination, you will be brought into the exam room to discuss the findings and treatment plan with the doctor. 
  • If you are sick, especially with flu-like symptoms, or have been in contact with anyone who tested positive for COVID-19, we do ask that you find a friend or family member to bring your pet to their appointment. 
  • Our curbside service will no longer be a required part of our COVID-19 protocol; however, if you prefer to take advantage of this service, just let us know when you arrive.
  • In order to reduce traffic flow inside the clinic, food and medicine pick up will still remain curbside.

We know this has been a long and trying year for everyone, and we sincerely appreciate how understanding our clients have been with the necessary restrictions and changes. 

Thank you for continuing to trust us with your pet’s health!
The Santa Fe Animal Hospital Team