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Dental Care for Dogs

The most commonly diagnosed disease in dogs is dental disease. Eighty-five percent of pets over the age of four have dental disease. Dental disease can be prevented by removing the sticky film called plaque before it becomes a hard-dental calculus called tartar.

What types of dental care for dogs do you offer at your clinic?


We offer a few different options for dental care at our clinic. These options include oral examinations by your veterinarian, as well as dental cleanings performed as a surgery under general anesthesia. The dental cleaning surgeries include scaling and polishing, and some pets also require tooth extractions. We also sell several different dental diets and chews that can help keep your pet’s teeth clean. We also sell special toothbrushes and toothpaste made specifically for pets so that they are safe for your animal. Our staff are more than happy to recommend various products that would be suitable for your pet, and we are also happy to explain or demonstrate how to brush your pet’s teeth.

How often should you brush your dog’s teeth?


Ideally a pet’s teeth should be brushed daily as plaque can build up very quickly, just like on human teeth. Can you imagine going longer than that without brushing your teeth? If daily is not something you can do, you should brush your pet’s teeth at least three times a week.

Why is oral and dental health important?


The most common symptoms of dental diseases include bad breath, drooling, reluctance to eat or difficulty chewing, pawing at the mouth, loose teeth and bleeding from the mouth. Left untreated, dental disease can lead to abscesses, bone loss, infection, damage to organs such as the liver, kidneys, and heart. Having good oral health can help your pet live a long and happy life! Having poor dental health can seriously impact your pet’s quality of life.

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Last updated: July 6, 2020

Dear Clients,

With recent changes to restrictions on businesses, we are pleased to advise that effective June 5, 2020 some restrictions on veterinary practices have been lifted. Based on these changes, below are some important updates to our operating policies.

1. WE CAN NOW SEE ALL CASES BY APPOINTMENT ONLY

This includes vaccines, wellness exams, blood work, heartworm testing, spays and neuters, dental services, and more!

2. SAFETY MEASURES TO KEEP EVERYONE SAFE

3. ONLINE CONSULTATIONS ARE AVAILABLE

If you wish to connect with a veterinarian via message, phone or video, visit our website and follow the "Online Consultation" link.

4. OPERATING HOURS

We are OPEN with the following hours:

Monday to Wednesday: 8:00 am - 6:00 pm
Thursday to Friday: 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
Saturday & Sunday: CLOSED


NEW PET OWNERS

Have you welcomed a new furry family member to your home? We’d love to meet them! Visit our Must Know New Pet Owner Information page for useful resources and helpful recommendations for new pet owners.

Thank you for your patience and understanding and we look forward to seeing you and your furry family members again!

- Your dedicated team at Eastern Shore Veterinary Hospital