Dentistry

At Somerset Veterinary Hospital, we believe that dental health is directly related to many aspects of physical health. For this reason, we provide a full range of veterinary dental services.

Periodontal Disease

Periodontal disease is an infection of the gums that is incredibly common in pets. If given time to develop, it can become very serious. It is estimated that by the time your pet is 2 years old, dogs have an 80% likelihood of developing periodontal disease while cats have a 70% likelihood. Periodontal disease is caused by inadequate dental care and cleaning, and an oral infection of this magnitude is linked to other physical conditions such as:

  • Diabetes
  • Heart disease
  • Strokes
  • Kidney disease

...and other life-threatening illnesses. The best way to offset the disease and its negative effects is through prevention. We recommend regular, at-home dental care as well as professional dental checks and cleanings.

A dental check consists of an examination of the teeth and gums, as well as a dental x-ray for identifying any underlying conditions. We also perform professional dental cleanings and other more extensive dental care procedures that may include:

  • Ultrasonic scaling and polishing
  • Surgical extractions, if needed
  • Oral surgery as treatment for other dental conditions
  • Oravet dental treatments
  • Fluoride treatments
  • Some types of restorative dental work

The Importance of the Dental X-Ray

We utilize the dental x-ray at Somerset Veterinary Hospital to help with early identification of dental conditions. We use the dental x-ray to discover incidences of abscesses, legions, broken teeth, and more. Our dental x-ray is a very important tool in your pet’s dental health!

At Home Dental Care

Professional dental examinations and treatments one or two times a year are not enough to keep your pet’s mouth—and organ system—healthy. Dr. Felz recommends at home oral care to prevent the development and advancement of dental issues. We provide a variety of dental care products for sale in our hospital, and Dr. Felz personally offers home oral care instruction demonstrations if you would like to make sure you’re providing correct care for your pet. If you have questions about your pet’s oral care, please contact us today. We’d love to help.