Dental care is just as important for animals as it is for humans. Dogs and cats build up plaque and tartar that can lead to gingivitis and periodontitis. Unfortunately, many pet owners overlook the teeth even though dental disease is a very common problem in dogs and cats. If dental disease goes untreated, it can lead to a variety of health problems including bone loss around the teeth roots, gum growths, infection, pain, tooth loss, and the possibility of inflammation and infection spreading to other organs in the body. And, because pets don’t complain about mouth pain, they don’t tell us that they are suffering.
We provide pet dental and oral care which includes a comprehensive oral exam, assessment of any oral problems, and treatment. Dental radiographs (X-rays) are an important part of your pet’s oral exam and are taken at each dental treatment appointment.
Dr. Kellner provides advanced dental care and oral surgery for pets, including root canal therapy to save broken or dead teeth. Common procedures include root canals, malocclusion, orthodontics, oncologic surgery, and periodontic surgeries.
While we provide professional dental care in the hospital, it’s important to not overlook at-home dental care. We recommend dental home care which can include teeth brushing, prescription dental health diets, plaque and tartar inhibiting dental chew treats, and a plaque inhibiting water supplement. We encourage you to try to do something daily for your pet’s teeth and oral health.
At Ark Veterinary Hospital we have a special focus on dental health. Dr. Kellner has a special interest in Dentistry and Oral Surgery. He is pursuing advanced training in this field. He is currently an Alternate Pathway Resident with the goal of qualifying to take board exams to become a board-certified veterinary dentist. His mentor is Dr. Barron Hall, DVM, FAVD, AVDC of Vienna, VA. Dr. Kellner provides dental care and oral surgery, including endodontics (root canal), orthodontics or the treatment of malocclusions, prosthodontics, which are crowns to protect damaged or root canal-treated teeth, facial trauma surgery, and oral surgery, including surgery to treat oral cancers. He is actively taking referrals from many veterinarians in Vermont and Upstate New York.