As we continue to experience challenges and disruptions in our daily lives due to COVID-19, we wanted to keep you informed of possible delays in services and employee status currently at Takoma Park Animal Clinic.
First, we have not received any reports from our staff regarding any exposure to the coronavirus (COVID-19). We have required all staff, visitors, and other stakeholders to wear a mask at all times while on the premises (inside or outside). We also require that staff and visitors sanitize their hands at the entrance and keep 6 ft distance from each other. Our goal is to provide a safe & healthy environment for our staff, clients, and all stakeholders.
Secondly, we are also making every effort to ensure we can continue to serve you and your companion during the pandemic. At this point, we have decided to adjust our operating hours given the final decision of the District of Columbia, Montgomery County, and Prince George’s Public School Board of Education’s decisions about student’s virtual learning from home. This decision has impacted many parents/guardians in our area and our staff isn’t exempt. See temporary hours below. In addition, only clients requiring euthanasia services will be allowed into the clinic at this time. Please note that we are providing curbside service and telemedicine as an alternative.
Lastly, we will continue to keep you informed of any further updates as we all maneuver through this new “norm” journey. We thank you in advance for your continued understanding and support as we strive to meet the needs of all stakeholders involved. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause but please know that the decision was not easy; yet, for the best. We hope that you and your family are keeping safe. Thank you for allowing Takoma Park Animal Clinic to care for your veterinary needs.
Sunday: 9am to 1pm
Mon & Wed: 8am to 5pm
Tues, Thurs, Fri: 9am to 5pm
Saturday: 9am to 2pm
At Takoma Park Animal Clinic, we’re proud to provide pet dentistry services as a part of your pet’s complete veterinary wellness care.
Why Pet Dental Care Is So Important
Our pets need dental care, just like people do. Without it, they quickly develop dental health problems. Unfortunately, most pet owners aren’t aware that they should be caring for their pets’ teeth. As a result, an estimated 80% of dogs and 70% of cats over age three have already developed some form of periodontal disease.
Periodontal disease is a bacterial infection of the gums that occurs when plaque and tartar are allowed to accumulate. This oral infection can cause painful symptoms and lead to tooth loss. Additionally, bacteria from periodontal disease can enter a pet’s bloodstream where it damages the lungs, heart, liver, and kidneys. Left untreated, periodontal disease can cause systemic illnesses that lead to an early death.
How to Prevent Periodontal Disease in Pets
For healthy teeth and gums, pets should have a combination of at-home and professional dental care.
Home Dental Care
At home, brush your pet’s teeth with a toothbrush for dogs or cats and pet-safe toothpaste. Alternatively, you can clean your pet’s teeth with pet dental wipes. You can also provide your pet with dental-friendly treats and chew toys. Be sure to select VOHC-approved products that are designed specifically for your pet’s breed and size.
Professional Dental Care
Dental cleanings and exams for pets are similar to those for people. During your pet’s dental appointment, our veterinarian will scale and polish your pet’s teeth to remove plaque and tartar buildup. We’ll also perform a thorough examination, looking for any signs of potential problems like abscesses or broken teeth.
While pet dental appointments are similar to ours, a pet dental appointment takes place with our patient under general anesthesia. This ensures our patient’s comfort and safety.
Professional Pet Dentistry in Takoma Park
If your pet exhibits signs of oral pain; has red, swollen, or bleeding gums; has discolored teeth, missing teeth, or loose teeth; or has persistently bad breath, we encourage you to schedule a pet dentistry appointment right away. We’ll take a look at your pet’s teeth and recommend the proper treatments and at-home care to safeguard their ongoing health.