Rye Harrison Veterinary Hospital

Pet Dental Services

Dental care is an important component of overall pet health. Health problems that originate in the mouth can cause significant pain, as well as other health problems throughout the body. At Rye Harrison Veterinary Hospital, we have all the tools and knowledge to help keep your pet's mouth and overall wellbeing healthy.

Dental Disease

It is estimated that as many as 80% of pets three years of age and older have some sort of dental disease. Considering that pets cannot brush their teeth and floss everyday, this is perhaps not so surprising. In order to help your pet’s teeth and gums to stay healthy, we have formulated a proven dental protocol.

If you are worried your pet is suffering from dental disease, or is in pain because of a dental issue, please let us know and we can schedule an appointment.

The following signs may be indicative that your pet has dental disease:

  • Bad breath
  • Teeth that are chipped, broken or loose
  • What appears to be “extra teeth” perhaps baby teeth that did not fall out
  • Dropping food from the mouth when eating
  • Drooling
  • Difficulty eating
  • Bleeding from the mouth
  • Pulling away or growling when a person attempts to touch the mouth
  • Swollen gums

Dental Examination

Annual Dental Examinations can be done during a routine wellness exam. The veterinarian will visually inspect the teeth and gums, and look for early signs of dental disease. If the veterinarian sees signs of dental disease, they may request a digital dental x-ray be performed to understand the scope and severity of the dental disease.

Dental Cleaning

Dental Cleanings are similar to human dental cleanings. We perform the cleaning with the help of an ultrasonic scaler and polisher to remove plaque and tartar. For the procedure, the pet must be anesthetized for their safety and comfort, and so the veterinarian can perform a comprehensive teeth cleaning underneath the gum line, as recommended by the American Animal Hospital Association.

At-Home Dental Care

Regular At-home Care can be performed with tooth brushing or dental chews or toys. Tooth brushing is the most effective method, but many dogs, and most cats, are often not cooperative. Many dental alternatives are available to help with regular pet dental health if brushing is not an option.

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Located off of Exit 19 on I-95 (New England Thruway) between Theodore Fremd Ave and Maple Ave.

Phone: 914-921-2000

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If you are experiencing an emergency after hours, please call us at 914-921-2000 and you will be directed to the veterinarian on call.