Dentistry Keeping Our Patients Healthy & Happy Since 1983

Veterinary Dental Care in Frederick

Healthy Smiles & Happy Pets

Regular dental care is important to maintaining a happy and healthy pet. West Frederick Veterinary Hospital is equipped to help make sure your pet keeps smiling. As an American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) animal hospital, we can handle all of your pet’s dental needs. As part of their regular wellness exams, we conduct an oral exam of your pet and may make recommendations for additional dental or periodontal care.

A healthy pet has a healthy smile. Call (301) 888-6626 or contact us online to schedule your pet’s appointment.

Dental Disease: A Common Problem

Periodontal disease is one of the most common diseases in cats and dogs. This is an infection of the gums and tissues surrounding your pet’s teeth. When this disease is left untreated, it can progress dramatically and cause a great deal of damage to your pet’s mouth, as well as a great deal of pain. You can avoid this with regular dental care.

Periodontal disease develops in cats and dogs in exactly the same way it does in humans: a buildup of plaque on your pet’s teeth. Plaque is a bacterial film which coats your pet’s teeth. Over time, the bacteria in plaque dies off and hardens on your pet’s teeth, creating more surface area for more plaque to build up on. In the early stages, periodontal disease is easily combatted by brushing your pet’s teeth or giving them hard toys or treats to chew on. However, if the plaque builds up and moves below the gum line, only a professional cleaning will be able to get rid of it. If your pet goes too long without a proper professional cleaning, their gums can become inflamed, infected, and painful. They could even lose some of their teeth.

Symptoms of periodontal disease include:

  • Smelly breath
  • Blood in your pet’s saliva or in their water dish
  • Excessive drooling
  • Difficulty eating

If you notice any of these symptoms, bring your pet in to West Frederick Veterinary Hospital as soon as possible. We can help get your pet back on the road to a healthy mouth.

Professional Dental Cleaning at West Frederick Veterinary Hospital

Our veterinary team may recommend a professional dental cleaning which may mean putting your pet under general anesthesia in order to clean their teeth properly. We utilize a specifically designed dental surgical suite to ensure that your pet is monitored closely and carefully throughout their dental procedure.

Dental cleanings at West Frederick Veterinary Hospital involve scaling the plaque from your pet’s teeth, polishing your pet’s teeth, and evaluation of teeth and gum health. Once your pet’s teeth are clean again, we’ll help you understand the steps you can take at home to keep your pet’s smile healthy. We also provide digital dental radiographs and perform tooth extractions when medically necessary.

If you have questions about your pet’s dental health or the dental services we offer at West Frederick Veterinary Hospital, please call (301) 888-6626 or contact us online.

Why Choose Us?

  • Keeping Our Patients Healthy and Happy Since 1983
  • Strong Collection of Diverse Training & Medical Backgrounds
  • Individualized Treatment Plans for Our Patients
  • Compassionate & Reliable Veterinarians & Staff
We Put Pets First

Contact our office to schedule an appointment today!

Happy, Healthy Pets

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    “Great staff, always calls back right away to answer our questions. Truly cares about our fur family and has always been responsive and caring. Would definitely recommend, very professional.”

    - Allison Brooks
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    “I have been recommending both Dr. Hennings and the Grooming Room for years. We are thrilled with the care Sophie and Nicholas receive. The staff at the vet clinic is wonderful and we love Dr. Hennings. I can be a ninny worrying about Sophie and Nicholas”

    - Kevin Chapman
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    - Karen Morrison
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    “They are very professional. I have a little crazy dog and they never disappoint, they know how to be patient and handle him. Toby comes out a new happy dog every time!”

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