Great news! Dr Reagor has returned to Riverbend full-time! We are thrilled to announce that we are now accepting new clients and, to better serve our community, offering same-day appointments, including urgent care services.

Pet Dental Care

At Riverbend Animal Hospital, rest assured your animal companions receive top-notch dental services. Our caring and experienced team is dedicated to ensuring optimal dental health for your pets.

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Pet Dental Care

Did you know dental care is crucial to your pet’s overall well-being? Just like us, dogs and cats can suffer from dental issues, including plaque buildup, gum disease, and bad breath. Neglecting oral health can lead to more severe problems affecting their organs, causing discomfort, and even impacting their lifespan.

Regular oral exams by your veterinarian, providing Veterinary Oral Health Council (VOHC) approved dental treats and toys, and brushing your pet’s teeth can substantially slow the progression of periodontal disease in dogs and cats.

Periodontal disease progresses from a thin film of bacteria called plaque. Initially, plaque is soft and can be removed easily. If not removed, however, the plaque hardens and can lead to inflammation of the gums (gingivitis). Infection is then likely to form around the tooth’s root, endangering the tooth and surrounding tissue.

Professional cleaning and polishing are needed when plaque and tartar extend below the gums. Your pet must be anesthetized for a thorough dental cleaning. This allows for a complete evaluation and treatment of the mouth, including radiographs (x-rays) of all the teeth.

While the teeth may visually appear normal, often, there is radiographic evidence of disease below the gum line. This is true for humans, too, which is why your dentist obtains yearly X-rays. (We also have the advantage of being able to tell our dentist about a painful tooth, whereas your pet cannot.)

Diseased teeth are removed as needed to maintain a healthy and pain-free mouth. The remaining teeth are cleaned and polished.

At Riverbend Animal Hospital, we perform many dental procedures, from routine cleaning and scaling to complicated extractions. We have high-definition digital dental X-ray equipment, an ultrasonic tooth cleaner, a polisher, and a high-speed drill. A surgical technician assists the veterinarian and monitors anesthesia throughout the process. To minimize discomfort, we employ state-of-the-art pain management protocols, including local nerve blocks.

For more extensive dental care (such as root canals, crowns, or other vital work), we offer referrals to practices with board-certified veterinary dentists.

Understanding Dental Care for Dogs and Cats

Brushing Your Pet’s Teeth Video

Veterinary Services in Hadley, MA

Below are all of the veterinary services we offer at Riverbend Animal Hospital. If you have any questions regarding our services, please feel free to call us.