Pet Dental FAQ

Dr. Darryl Dixon, and Dr. Gram Johnson, and Dr. Haley Rush Hanks want all area pet owners to understand the importance of proper Germantown pet dental care. Helping your dog or cat maintain clean healthy gums and teeth is critical to its overall well-being and longevity, and at Forest Hill Animal Hospital, we do our part by providing quality pet dental care for animals of any age.

Pet Dental FAQ from our veterinarian in Germantown

What Are The Common Signs And Symptoms Of Pet Dental Disease?

You know your pet best, so be on the lookout for any unusual signs or symptoms of pet dental disease, including:

  • Foul breath
  • Excessive drooling
  • Bleeding, swollen, and/or unusually red gums
  • Reluctance to eat
  • Eating on only one side of the mouth
  • Dropping food from the mouth

When Should I Take My Pet In For A Pet Dental Exam?

If you notice any of the above signs or symptoms, call us today to schedule an appointment with one of our Germantown veterinarians. 

Of course, pet dental disease (including periodontal disease, tooth abscess, tooth fracture, or jaw bone tumor) doesn't always present with symptoms, especially in the early stages. So, even if your pet doesn't exhibit any unusual signs or symptoms, you should still schedule an annual pet dental exam and teeth cleaning. This is especially important because plaque and tartar can build up on your pet's teeth over time, which can attract bacteria and lead to disease.

Why Will My Pet Be Put Under General Anesthesia During A Pet Dental Exam And Teeth Cleaning?

Your pet has a lot of hard-to-reach spots in its mouth. In order for our team to be able to thoroughly clean all its teeth and inspect the rest of its mouth for signs of disease, we'll put your cat or dog under general anesthesia during the dental exam. This also makes sure that your pet stays safe and comfortable throughout the procedure. Our pet dental team carefully monitors your pet before, during, and after the exam to ensure that there are no complications. 

How Can I Help Maintain My Pet's Dental Health At Home In Between Visits ?

Our staff can offer several tips and tricks to help keep your pet's dental health in shape between visits, including:

  • Brushing your pet's teeth with pet-safe products
  • Providing vet-approved chew toys to encourage healthy chewing

Our Germantown Veterinarian Staff Are Happy To Help!

Our Germantown veterinarian staff wants your pet to have healthy gums and teeth for life, which is why we're proud to offer premier pet dental in Germantown. If you'd like to learn more about pet dental care or schedule a pet dental exam and teeth cleaning, then call us at 901-754-5007. We proudly serve animals from the surrounding Tennessee communities of Memphis, Collierville, Southaven, and Olive Branch. Are you our neighbor? Call today!