Dentistry

Image of a dog's decaying teeth.

Over 85% of dogs and cats have some type of periodontal disease. Periodontal disease simply means that the gums and bone that hold the teeth in place are being destroyed by oral bacteria. This preventable disease is the number one diagnosed disease in our pets, yet many animals suffer needlessly. Periodontal disease begins with gingivitis, or inflammation of the gum tissue, which is caused by plaque. Plaque is a mixture of saliva, bacteria, glycoproteins and sugars that adhere to the tooth surface.

Within minutes after a cleaning, a thin layer of plaque has adhered to the teeth. Eventually this hardens to become calculus or tartar. Calculus by itself is nonpathogenic - it does not cause disease. However, it does create a rough surface for more plaque to adhere to, and pushes the gums away from the teeth, which increases surface area for more plaque to adhere. Eventually, the supporting structures of the tooth (bone, tissue, periodontal ligament) are destroyed and the tooth becomes mobile and will either fall out on its own or need to be extracted. Signs of periodontal disease are bad breath (halitosis), reluctancy to eat, chewing on one side of the mouth, dropping food, pawing at the face or rubbing the face on the floor, drooling, becoming head shy, and painful mouth/face.

Veterinarians recommend the following care for pets:

STEP 1: Bring your pet in for a dental exam. Don't wait for his annual checkup if you suspect a problem.

STEP 2: Begin a dental care regimen at home. Brushing your pet's teeth daily is very important. We also recommend using a specially formulated dental rinse, and dental chews and food. Please ask us if you need instructions on brushing your pet's teeth, or if you have any other questions.

STEP 3: Schedule your pets for an annual teeth cleaning with x-rays. This is also very important and ensures we are catching any disease early enough to treat.

Periodontal disease and oral bacteria can easily affect other organ systems including the heart, liver, kidneys, lungs and brain. Make sure you bring your pet into the office for regular vet cleanings. Contact us if it's time for your pet's next cleaning.

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Monday:

7:00 am - 6:00 pm

6:00 pm - 11:00 pm

Tuesday:

7:00 am - 6:00 pm

6:00 pm - 11:00 pm

Wednesday:

7:00 am - 8:00 pm

6:00 pm - 11:00 pm

Thursday:

7:00 am - 6:00 pm

6:00 pm - 11:00 pm

Friday:

7:00 am - 5:00 pm

5:00 pm - 11:00 pm

Saturday:

8:00 am - 12:00 pm

12:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Sunday:

Closed

10:00 am - 8:00 pm

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  • "You guys were the best!!! Supportive, caring and honest. I was in an emotional state with my dog and if you would have asked for $1000 I would have said yes! Instead, you gave me Cost effective options that I was able to afford. Finn is getting better because of your wonderful and caring staff! THANK YOU!!!"
    - Carolyn
  • "Our visit was great. Koda is usually so freaked out at the vet but Dr Albright was great. Koda loved him."
    - Beth P.
  • "We trust PLPH with our "kids"! Super professional and caring."
    - David D.
  • "We trust you with our "kids"! Super professional and caring."
    - Mary A.
  • "Love that Dr S cares fir Boomer as a valued pet in spite of his 16.5 yr old age. He also does a great job balancing care and cost with Boomers age. Techs are all super kind and caring. Love this place!"
    - Judy M.
  • "Thanks for the hospitality. It made me more comfortable knowing the staff and the vet actually seemed to care and didn’t treat it as job. They have passion for their job it’s not a do my time and go home mentality. Thanks again for everything!"
    - Ryan E.