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Gizmo is being syringe-fed after his dental treatment.
Your pets veterinarian is also your pets dentist, and it comes as a surprise for some pet owners that their small pets require dental care. While ferret dental care is similar to that of dogs and cats (since they are carnivores), rabbits, rats, chinchillas and guinea pigs are small herbivores and have very unique dental care requirements. At the Kennedy Heights animal and Bird Hospital in Surrey, BC we have the specialized equipment and experience to look after your small pet’s dental care.
Dental Disease in one of the Most Common Problems seen in Small Herbivores by Veterinary Dentists
An annual or twice yearly dental checkup is necessary for your rabbit, guinea pig or chinchilla to keep his teeth in the best condition.
These small herbivores are designed to eat a diet of a wide variety of soft and tough vegetation. All of their teeth grow continuously to compensate for the pronounced wear caused by continual chewing of abrasive foods. All the teeth grow at a rate of approximately 3mm per week. The teeth also have a natural curve as they grow. As the teeth overgrow, the sharp points can come into contact with the inside of the cheek or the tongue causing painful ulcers.
Causes of dental disease in the small herbivores
Signs of dental Disease in Small Herbivores
Since the teeth of small herbivores continually grow, proper veterinary care is crucial for their wellbeing. Bring your small pet to our animal hospital to see our veterinarian dentist for preventive dental examinations and treatment of dental problems.
Dental Examination and Treatment in Small Herbivores
At the Kennedy Heights Animal and Bird Hospital, every examination of a small pet includes a dental examination since we believe prevention is best.
Once your small pet has been diagnosed with dental disease, treatment involves:
At the Kennedy Heights Animal and Bird Hospital in Surrey, BC we have a special interest in the dental care of these small pets. We have all the specialized dental equipment needed for small herbivores such as an endoscope, special small herbivore safety burrs for grinding, and small extractors. Our veterinarians are experienced and knowledgeable in dealing with small pet dental disease. Call us at (604)591-5304 to make an appointment or for more information.
Oral Disease in Pet Reptiles
While reptiles are less prone to dental problems, they are vulnerable to mouth rot, also called ulcerative stomatitis. It’s an infection which settles into the gum tissue, tongue and roof of the mouth. If left untreated, the infection can be fatal for your pet. Snakes and lizards are most vulnerable to mouth rot.
Find time to regularly check your reptile’s mouth. Watch out for any cuts or scrapes inside the mouth.
Symptoms of this condition include:
If you have spotted any of these signs, please contact our animal hospital right away. An infection like mouth rot can your pet reptile very sick and uncomfortable. Once proper diagnosis is made, our veterinarians will clean away the worst of the infection and prescribe antibiotics for your pet. Our veterinarians will also advise you on the proper diet and environmental requirements for your reptile.
To Prevent mouth rot and other dental problems:
Find out more about small pet dental care and the best way to take care of your little pet. Call us at 604 591 5304.
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Tuesday, Thursday | 8:30 am - 7:00 pm
Saturday | 9:00 am - 4:30 pm
We Are Closed Sundays and Statutory Holidays.
Doctors hours may vary.
Welcome to Kennedy Heights Animal and Bird Hospital - your full-service AAHA Accredited animal hospital! We provide complete services for dogs, cats, birds, ferrets, rabbits, guinea pigs and reptiles. We value our relationships with our clients and pets, and look forward to providing compassionate care to you and your pets.
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