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Dental Cleaning and Dental Radiology

  • Radiology, Dental
A doctor and technician at Galloway Village Veterinary examining a cat before a dental procedure

It is estimated that up to 85% of our pets suffer from dental disease. At Galloway Village Veterinary, we recognize that dental disease can lead to problems in the rest of the body. Reducing tartar and plaque reduces a reservoir of bacteria that is otherwise circulated to vital organs in the body, including the heart, liver, and kidneys. All pets who receive an exam at Galloway Village have their teeth assessed and graded and, if needed, are recommended an ultrasonic dental cleaning. This is done under general anesthesia and includes careful assessment of each tooth, ultrasonic scaling, polish, and fluoride treatment.

Digital Dental Radiology

We are also very proud to now offer digital dental radiology. The ability to take x-rays of the mouth and teeth enables our veterinarians to provide the best care possible for your pet and the health of his or her mouth. Please feel free to discuss any dental concerns you have with your pet at your next visit.

What can I do at home for my pet's Dental Health?

Regularly brushing your pet’s teeth is the single most effective thing you can do to keep their teeth healthy between dental cleanings. Daily brushing is best, but it’s not always possible, and brushing a few times a week can still be effective. Most dogs accept brushing, but cats can be a bit more resistant. Patience and training are important! If brushing your pet's teeth simply isn't an option for you, Galloway Village Veterinary also recommends a prescription dental diet or treats and chews approved by the Veterinary Oral Health Council (VOHC). 

When should I bring my pet in for a dental check-up?

Your pet's teeth should be checked at least once a year by your veterinarian for early signs of a problem and just to keep your pet's mouth healthy. Some pets become irritable when they have dental problems, and any changes in your pet's behavior should prompt a visit to Galloway Village Veterinary! Always be careful when evaluating your pet's mouth, because a painful animal may bite.

Bring your pet in sooner if you notice any of the following:

  • Unusually bad breath

  • Broken or loose teeth

  • Extra teeth or retained baby teeth

  • Teeth that are discolored or covered in tartar

  • Abnormal chewing, drooling, or dropping food from the mouth

  • Reduced appetite or refusal to eat

  • Pain in or around the mouth

  • Bleeding from the mouth

  • Swelling in or around the mouth

Causes of pet dental problems:

  • Broken teeth and roots

  • Periodontal disease

  • Abscesses or infected teeth

  • Cysts or tumors in the mouth

  • Misalignment of the teeth and bite

  • Broken or fractured jaw

  • Feline Oral Resorptive Lesions

Periodontal Disease

Periodontal Disease is the most common dental condition in dogs and cats. By the time your pet is 3 years old, they will very likely have some early signs of periodontal disease, which will worsen as your pet grows older if effective preventative measures aren't taken. Early detection and treatment are critical because advanced periodontal disease can cause severe problems and pain for your pet. Other health problems found in association with periodontal disease include kidney, liver, and heart muscle changes.

Why does a dental appointment require anesthesia?

Your pet does not understand the benefit of dental procedures, and they react by moving, trying to escape, or even biting. Anesthesia makes it possible to perform dental procedures with less stress and pain for your pet. It also allows for a better cleaning because your pet is not moving around and risking injury from the equipment. In addition, if f X-rays are needed, your pet needs to be still in order to get good images. Although anesthesia always has risks, it is safer now than ever and continues to improve so that the risks are very low and far outweighed by the benefits. Although they might seem a little groggy, most pets can go home the same day of their procedure. 

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Anesthesia is always a risk, but at Galloway Village Veterinary all precautions are taken to make it as safe as possible for each pet. Anesthetic monitoring is done by a dedicated technician, under veterinarian supervision, and all pets are closely monitored while waking up, until alert and their body temperature is normal.


Galloway Village Veterinary's special cleansing baths remove dirt, debris, and that doggie pet odor - your pet will feel fresh and revitalized.

Behavioral Medicine

Pets can have a wide variety of behavioral issues, from simple housetraining problems to severe anxiety and aggression issues. Galloway Village Veterinary is well qualified and experienced in diagnosing and addressing behavior problems with an approach that combines skills from veterinary clinical medicine, behavioral medicine, and pet training.

Blood Transfusions

Blood transfusion is a critically important service that can mean the difference between life and death for veterinary patients. Galloway Village Veterinary takes extreme care in performing this life saving procedure.


Galloway Village Veterinary offers worry-free and interactive boarding services for dogs and cats.

Dental Cleaning and Dental Radiology

At Galloway Village Veterinary, we recognize that dental disease can lead to problems in the rest of the body. Reducing tartar and plaque reduces a reservoir of bacteria that is otherwise circulated to vital organs in the body, including the heart, liver, and kidneys.

Emergency and Critical Care

Galloway Village Veterinary will be there for you when you need us. Our veterinarians and technical support staff are on premises working as a team with the expertise to respond to emergency calls and critical care situations.

Fully Stocked Pharmacy

You and your pet will benefit from Galloway Village Veterinary's well-stocked pharmacy. We maintain a large inventory of veterinary pharmaceutical products and medications, including flea, tick, and heartworm preventive products.


Galloway Village Veterinary offers full-service for all cats and dogs, no matter the size. You can now take care of all your pet's needs here at Galloway Village Veterinary.


Our staff of compassionate, caring professionals at Galloway Village Veterinary can help you through the painful experience of saying goodbye to a beloved pet.

House Calls

Bringing a pet to the veterinarian's office can be a challenge for pet owners with limited mobility, restricted transportation, or commitments at home that make outside errands and other activities difficult. Galloway Village Veterinary is pleased to offer house-call services to accommodate special needs.


Lab work is vitally important to providing the best care possible for your pet. Galloway Village Veterinary utilizes both in-house and outside laboratories to give you the best options for your pet.


Microchipping is a safe, effective way to help ensure your pet's return to you if they ever get lost. Galloway Village Veterinary recommends microchipping as the most reliable form of identification for your pet.

Nutritional Counseling

Galloway Village Veterinary knows that nutrition plays a critical role in your pet's overall health and well-being. Whether your pet has special dietary needs or simply needs to shed (or gain) a few pounds, our nutritional counseling services can help you accomplish your goals and keep your pet in good health.

Pain Management

Experiencing pain can affect the body's physical functioning and can have a detrimental effect on a patient's well-being and state of mind. That's why pain management is among Galloway Village Veterinary's primary considerations when we are treating a pet for any medical condition.

Parasite Prevention and Control

Veterinary examinations and parasite testing are important ways to protect your pet's health. The expert staff at Galloway Village Veterinary can recommend medications to help control fleas, ticks, heartworms, and intestinal parasites.

Puppy and Kitten Care

Puppy and kitten wellness visits provide an opportunity to discuss your new pet's recommended vaccine schedule and the best plan for parasite testing, treatment, and prevention with the technicians and vets at Galloway Village Veterinary.

Radiology (X-Rays)

Radiographs are an important tool that can help us make a correct diagnosis for your pet. Galloway Village Veterinary's radiology service is staffed by caring, skilled professionals who will provide state-of-the-art care with compassion and expertise.

Rabbits and Small Mammals

Veterinary medicine for exotic pets is growing as the popularity of these animals increases. When pet owners have access to the best information about nutritional and environmental management at Galloway Village Veterinary, exotic pets have a greater chance to live longer, healthier lives.

Senior Care

Regular wellness visits are important for every stage of your pet's life, so don't forget to keep your senior pet's scheduled wellness appointments at Galloway Village Veterinary. Nutritional needs, exercise habits, and many aspects of your pet's daily routine can change as your pet ages.