Veterinary Dentistry in Durham
Comprehensive, Quality Dental Care for Your Dog or Cat
Just like humans, pets need proper dental care. Without proper teeth cleaning and examinations, the majority of dogs and cats exhibit symptoms of periodontal disease by the time they are four. Left untreated, it can cause serious health problems including tooth loss and infections that affect major organs.
Since 1984, Colony Park Animal Hospital has served the veterinary needs of pets in Durham and throughout the Triangle. From routine cleanings to oral surgery, our specially trained veterinarians and assistants can carefully and thoughtfully provide excellent dental care for your pet – all in a friendly and open environment where your pet feels safe, and you’re kept informed.
To learn more about our veterinary dentistry services in Durham, call (919) 424-0508.
Symptoms of an Oral Health Problem in Your Pet
When you bring your dog or cat to our veterinary hospital in Durham, NC for a wellness exam, we will assess their dental needs, but it is also important to be aware of potential signs that they have an issue affecting their oral health.
Look out for these symptoms at home:
- Bad breath (halitosis)
- Brown staining to the teeth (calculus accumulation)
- Red or swollen gums (gingivitis)
- Decreased appetite, problems chewing, or weight loss
Veterinary Dental Procedures in a Safe & Calm Environment
All dental procedures at Colony Park Animal Hospital in Durham, NC are performed under general anesthesia and include complete digital dental x-rays. We understand that putting your pet under anesthesia can be worrisome, but rest assured that we will tailor the anesthesia protocol to your pet’s age, size, and medical conditions. In addition, we dedicate one doctor and one assistant to your pet during their entire procedure.
To prepare your pet for their dental appointment, please:
- Bring your pet in for their pre-anesthetic blood work up to four weeks prior to their dental appointment.
- Remove food by midnight the night prior to the procedure (access to water is okay).
- Walk your dog the morning of their appointment, and if they may need another walk, please let us know.
- Plan to spend 5-10 minutes when you drop off your pet to review the procedure and estimate with the veterinarian as well as ask any questions you may have.
Pick up times are between 3pm and 6pm on the day of the procedure.
“Calm, knowledgeable, and empathetic”- Katherine R.
“Such a great vet!”- Christine G.
“Their staff treats our pets as if they are their own”- Elizabeth B.