Dental care, like in humans, is critical to your pet’s wellness. Our team focuses on preventing dental issues that can cause discomfort for your pet. Should a problem occur, you can count on our staff to provide gentle treatment to get your pet feeling good again.

Prevention techniques

Professional dental examinations should begin with your pet’s first visit to San Marco Animal Hospital and continue through life. It is rarely too early or too late to improve the condition of their mouth. Our doctors check for indications that harmful oral bacteria are overpopulated. Like in humans, untreated gum disease in animals can lead to bad breath, puffy and bleeding gums, mouth pain, tooth loss, tooth decay, tooth root abscesses, heart disease and even diabetes!

Dental cleanings are performed under anesthesia to ensure your pet’s comfort. Just like a human dentist, we use an ultrasonic scaler and polisher to remove bacteria, plaque, and hardened tartar. Your pet returns home with sparkling clean teeth and fresher breath. With a proper diet, an at-home brushing kit, water additives, and special chew treats, you can help your pet enjoy good dental health between checkups.

Pets dental care at San Marco Animal Hospital

Warning signs of dental problems

Our team recommends at least an annual dental checkup, possibly more frequently for older pets, clients with diabetes, or those with compromised health. However, please schedule a visit (walk-ins are welcome, too) if your pet exhibits signs of dental distress such as:

  • a loose or broken tooth
  • mouth pain, bleeding or swelling of the face/snout
  • unusual drooling, chewing or dropping food
  • diminished appetite
  • buildup of tartar
  • discoloration of teeth
  • extra teeth
  • foul breath
  • irritability or other changes in behavior

Warning signs of dental problems

Our team provides emergent and non-urgent dental treatment when problems do occur. We handle extractions, tooth root abscesses, soft tissue injuries, oral cysts and tumors, and other dental procedures in-house.

Call San Marco Animal Hospital at (904) 399-5557, for pet dental care that keeps you smiling, too.

Veterinary Doctor

Dr. Venkat Reddy Gutta

Veterinary Doctor

Dr. Gutta grew up in India and moved to the United States in 2002 to pursue higher education. After completing the North American Veterinary Licensing Exam (NAVLE), Dr. Gutta attended Louisiana State University (LSU) School of Veterinary Medicine to complete his clinical rotations. Dr. Gutta also earned a Master’s Degree in Animal Science from the University of Georgia (UGA).

Following his clinical rotations at LSU Veterinary School, Dr. Gutta obtained his Florida State license to practice veterinary medicine in the state of Florida.

Before beginning his career at San Marco Animal Hospital, Dr. Gutta practiced as an associate veterinarian for Banfield Pet Hospital for more than 10 years. During this time, he gained a highly sought reputation for being very personable and educating clients on their pet’s health. As an associate veterinarian, Dr. Gutta has gained extensive experience with many soft tissue surgeries while continuing to practice high-quality veterinary medicine.

Dr. Gutta joined San Marco Animal Hospital in March 2016 after his wife, Dr. Sri, decided to work part-time to raise their three children. His professional interests include wellness and preventive care, senior pet care, and nutrition counseling for both dogs and cats. Dr. Gutta has particular interests in canine and feline medicine, endocrine cases, skin cases, nutrition, and behavior. Dr. Gutta is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) and Jacksonville Veterinary Medical Society (JVMS).

In his free time, Dr. Gutta enjoys spending time with his family and personal pets. He especially enjoys outdoor activities such as gardening, swimming, and playing tennis.

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