Freehold Animal Hospital

February is Pet Dental Health Month!

Published: February 05, 2013

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Most pets over the age of three have some form of dental disease. Perhaps you've smelled that not-so fresh breath from your cat or dog. Other signs of dental problems include chewing on one side, reluctance to eat, weight loss, and increased salivation.

Cats commonly suffer with a unique condition involving an erosion of the tooth enamel where the tooth meets the gingival or gum. Cats with these “resorptive lesions” can be so painful that their jaws chatter when this area of the tooth is touched on physical exam. Most often the diseased teeth are extracted to eliminate discomfort.

Dogs rarely get cavities like people. Plaque forms on the tooth from bacteria in the mouth. If it is not brushed away, it eventually hardens or mineralizes into tartar or calculus. This is the cement like yellow or brown material you might see on the side of your dog’s teeth. This hard coating on the outside of the tooth causes the gums or gingiva around to tooth to recede, exposing sensitive areas of the tooth. Secondary infections of the gingiva from plaque and tartar result in periodontitis. The infection can spread to the tooth socket and loosen the tooth, it can even spread to the tonsils, pharynx and other organs in the body. Pets with heart disease are in danger of getting endocarditis from dental disease

This process can be slowed or prevented by brushing your pets’ teeth, offering special dental treats, or feeding a specifically-formulated dental diet. Professional dental scaling and polishing is required to clean your pets’ teeth properly once tartar has formed on the teeth.

Freehold Animal Hospital is pleased to offer a 20% discount on all dental cleanings (excluding any extractions or gingivectomies) during the month of February. Please let us know if we can answer any questions or concerns regarding your pet’s dental health.


Specialty Care

Sometimes sick or injured pets need the care of a veterinary medical specialist. When that happens, VCA specialty hospitals work closely with the general practitioner veterinarians who refer cases to us in order to provide seamless veterinary care to your pet. When your pet is facing any kind of serious illness or injury, our specialty referral hospitals will provide the compassionate and expert care your beloved pet needs.

Our goal is to make sure that when you and your pet are in need that you have access to board certified specialists who are up to date on the very latest developments in their field. In our state of the art hospitals, our specialists also have access to the most sophisticated diagnostic and treatment tools and techniques from ultrasonography and endoscopy to CAT scans and even MRI.

As part of the VCA family, we have over 83 specialty hospitals across the US and Canada which provide referral specialty care, so there may be one near you. Our specialized services include: behavior, cardiology, critical care, dentistry, dermatology, integrative medicine, internal medicine, neurology, oncology, ophthalmology, radiology, rehabilitation, reproduction, and surgery.

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Emergency Care

In case of emergency, please call us immediately. If it is after hours, please contact one of the following nearby emergency care clinics.

 RedBank Veterinary Hospital- 732.747.6562 197 Hance Avenue, Tinton Falls, N.J. 07724

Garden State Veterinary Specialists- 732.922.0011 One Pine Street Tinton, Falls, N.J. 07753

NorthStar VETS- 609.259.8300 315 Robbinsville Allentown Road, Tinton Falls, N.J.