Hunter Animal Hospital
Hunter Animal Hospital Hunter Animal Hospital Monday - Friday 8AM - 6PM
Saturday 8AM - 1PM
Sunday & Major Holidays Closed
5246 W. 3500 S.
West Valley City, UT 84120
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Hunter Animal Hospital

Pet Dentistry in Salt Lake City

Hunter Animal Hospital offers Professional Dentistry for Pets

Dental Care

Good Dental Care Keeps your Dog and Cat Healthy for a Long Life!

It is important to your dog and cat’s overall health care program to provide regular, professional dental care for your pet.   The number one health problem diagnosed in 8 out of 10 cats and dogs over 4 years of age is periodontal disease. You may have noticed your pet’s bad breath but do not realize that oral disease is painful and can have serious systemic health consequences for your pet.

Periodontal disease affects almost all dogs and cats that are 4 years old or older.  Periodontal disease causes red, swollen and tender gums, receding gums, bleeding, pain and bad breath. If left untreated, periodontitis can lead to tooth loss. The inflammation and infection associated with periodontal disease may also damage other organs such as the heart, liver, and kidneys, or lead to other serious health problems. Prophylactic dental treatments at Hunter Animal Hospital and at-home brushing can prevent your pet from experiencing the major health effects of advanced periodontal disease.

We Offer Comprehensive, Professional Dental Care

At Hunter Animal Hospital, our preventative dental care includes complete ultrasonic scaling, root planing, polishing, and non-anesthetic dental cleanings.  During most dental cleanings, we will place your pet under anesthesia and perform a comprehensive oral examination.  We examine individual teeth for mobility, fractures, malocclusion and periodontal disease. We remove plaque and tartar using hand instruments and power scaling equipment.  We give your pet’s teeth a thorough ultrasonic cleaning and polishing. 

Our goal in providing these services is to keep your pet’s mouth healthy and pain-free for years to come. Proper dental care can increase the lifespan of your pet. Once your pet is placed under anesthesia, we will fully examine your pet’s teeth. During examination, your veterinarian may identify a condition that may require an advanced dental procedure. The findings will be discussed with you while your pet is still under anesthesia so that you can make the best treatment decisions.

At Home Dental Care

At home brushing and preventative care is very important. For dogs AND cats, regular at-home brushing is an important part of a preventative dental program.  Brushing your pet’s teeth every day will reduce or eliminate plaque buildup.  Our staff will show you how to brush your pet's teeth at home. Brushing your pet’s teeth at the same time each day with a pet toothpaste (do not use human toothpaste) and a brushing device (toothbrush, finger brush, gauze on your finger, etc.) is the most effective means of removing plaque from your pet’s teeth. If you have any questions on how to brush your pet’s teeth, please give us a call.

Signs of oral and dental diseases in dogs and cats:

  • Loss of appetite or loss of weight
  • Bad breath
  • Loose teeth or teeth that are discolored or covered in tartar
  • Your pet shies away from you when you touch the mouth area
  • Drooling or dropping food from the mouth.
  • Bleeding from the mouth
  • Facial Swelling

If you think your dog or cat exhibits any of these symptoms, please call us at your earliest convenience to arrange for a dental exam for your pet.