Our team continues to be here for you and your cherished pets. We are OPEN and are now able to provide a wide range of services. To learn more about the changes we have implemented in response to COVID-19 and what to expect during your next visit, click here.
The most commonly diagnosed disease in dogs is dental disease. Eighty-five percent of pets over the age of four have dental disease. Dental disease can be prevented by removing the sticky film called plaque before it becomes a hard-dental calculus called tartar.
What types of dental care for dogs do you offer at your clinic?
We offer a few different options for dental care at our clinic. These options include oral examinations by your veterinarian, as well as dental cleanings performed as a surgery under general anesthesia. The dental cleaning surgeries include scaling and polishing, and some pets also require tooth extractions. We also sell several different dental diets and chews that can help keep your pet’s teeth clean. We also sell special toothbrushes and toothpaste made specifically for pets so that they are safe for your animal. Our staff are more than happy to recommend various products that would be suitable for your pet, and we are also happy to explain or demonstrate how to brush your pet’s teeth.
How often should you brush your dog’s teeth?
Ideally a pet’s teeth should be brushed daily as plaque can build up very quickly, just like on human teeth. Can you imagine going longer than that without brushing your teeth? If daily is not something you can do, you should brush your pet’s teeth at least three times a week.
Why is oral and dental health important?
The most common symptoms of dental diseases include bad breath, drooling, reluctance to eat or difficulty chewing, pawing at the mouth, loose teeth and bleeding from the mouth. Left untreated, dental disease can lead to abscesses, bone loss, infection, damage to organs such as the liver, kidneys, and heart. Having good oral health can help your pet live a long and happy life! Having poor dental health can seriously impact your pet’s quality of life.
With recent changes to restrictions on businesses, we are pleased to advise that effective June 5, 2020 some restrictions on veterinary practices have been lifted. Based on these changes, below are some important updates to our operating policies.
1. WE CAN NOW SEE ALL CASES BY APPOINTMENT ONLY
This includes vaccines, wellness exams, blood work, heartworm testing, spays and neuters, dental services, and more!
2. SAFETY MEASURES TO KEEP EVERYONE SAFE
Continue our "closed waiting room" policy to protect our clients and staff. When you arrive, please remain outside the hospital and use your cell phone to call us. We will take a history of your pet's health and discuss any concerns. A staff member will then meet you outside to bring your pet into the hospital for an examination. The Veterinarian will call you to discuss the recommended treatment plan. After your appointment, a staff member will return your pet to you outside, and take care of any needed medications and payment.
Continue the use of credit cards as the preferred payment method.
Continue with curbside pickup of food and medication (unless you have used our online store and are having your order delivered directly to your home). To place an order through our online store, visit our website and click on "Online Store".
3. ONLINE CONSULTATIONS ARE AVAILABLE
If you wish to connect with a veterinarian via message, phone or video, visit our website and follow the "Online Consultation" link.
4. OPERATING HOURS
We are OPEN with the following hours:
Monday to Wednesday: 8:00 am - 6:00 pm Thursday to Friday: 8:00 am - 8:00 pm Saturday & Sunday: CLOSED
NEW PET OWNERS
Have you welcomed a new furry family member to your home? We’d love to meet them! Visit our Must Know New Pet Owner Information page for useful resources and helpful recommendations for new pet owners.
Thank you for your patience and understanding and we look forward to seeing you and your furry family members again!
- Your dedicated team at Eastern Shore Veterinary Hospital