You brush your teeth and gums for fresh breath, a healthy smile, and much more! Likewise, consistent oral care is necessary for your dog’s overall well-being. Regular exams and dental cleaning keep the doggie’s breath away and support a happy, healthy mouth. The health of your dog’s mouth also provides Bluestar Pet Hospital & Grooming with insights into their systemic health, as oral conditions can influence (or be influenced by) other medical conditions.
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The American Veterinary Medical Association recommends that pets’ teeth be checked at least on an annual basis. So, we can easily integrate this evaluation into your dog’s regular “nose-to-tail” exam. Our veterinarians and staff take a special interest in canine dentistry. In addition to using our knowledge and expertise to visually inspect your pet’s teeth and gums for potential problems, we use sophisticated technologies to “see” what can’t be detected with the naked eye.
We also use specialized tools to precisely remove dental plaque and stubborn tartar, a build-up of bacterial plaque. We need to manage the bacteria level and the amount of plaque build-up. Without treatment, the plaque can release acids and toxins that erode the teeth and break down the supportive gums and bone. Additionally, clinicians have found microscopic changes in distant organs among those patients with dental disease. Oral inflammation and infection can spread to other parts of your pet’s body.
This process of cleaning and scaling is followed by polishing the crowns or visible parts of the teeth. To ensure utmost comfort and safety, x-rays of the inside of the mouth and cleanings will be performed while your pet is under anesthesia. This approach also assures that we get accurate images of your pet’s teeth and gums because they can remain still the whole time. Using anesthesia also helps minimize or avoid stress during this standard and vital health service.
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Specific treatment depends on factors, such as what we see on x-rays or when using specialized instruments to evaluate the health of your dog’s gums. Depending on what we find, antibiotic therapy or even extraction of a troublesome tooth may be necessary. Moreover, we love to empower our clients with the information they can trust to aid in keeping their pets’ mouths in good shape. For instance, we can demonstrate ways to brush your dog’s teeth. Many owners are amazed by just how amenable their dogs are to brushing. We can also advise on tooth-friendly chewables and products that aid in keeping the teeth clean. Crunchy fibrous snacks like carrots and peeled apple slices are nutritious and help rinse or scrape away lingering food particles.
Watch and act on any changes that may indicate the presence of oral problems, from persistent bad breath to abnormal drooling. You can keep your dog’s mouth healthy, pain-free, and looking and smelling great by getting on a regular schedule of good exams with teeth cleanings. Call 904-720-4272 to schedule an appointment at our Jacksonville, Florida, clinic. Or if our St Johns location is more convenient, call (904) 720-4275.
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Dr. Venkat Gutta
Bluestar Pet Hospital & Grooming
At Blue Star Pet Hospital and Grooming, Dr. Venkat Gutta provides high-quality and modern veterinary services to all your furry friends! At Bluestar, Dr. Gutta and his team are committed to providing your pets with both a full-service Veterinary Hospital and a modern grooming salon (St. Johns location only) for dogs and cats. Our primary commitment is to provide your companion animals with the highest quality medical care. Dr. Gutta strongly believes in treating your four-legged companions as family members and providing them with excellent yet affordable veterinary care. At Bluestar, we also think that it is important to educate you, as a pet owner, and ensure that the unique needs of you and your pet are met at all times. Through Bluestar, Dr. Gutta and his team serve clients in Durbin Crossing, Jacksonville, St Augustine, St Johns, CR 210, and other areas. Whether it is pet vaccinations, surgery, techniques, advanced diagnostic testing, or even flea and tick control products, we give you access to the best and most cutting-edge treatments and technologies. At Bluestar, we believe that your pet is the STAR!