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Dental Care for Dogs

Periodontal disease is one of the most common diseases we diagnose in pets today. Plaque and tartar that build up on your dog’s teeth harbour bacteria, infecting gum tissue and the roots of the teeth. This causes bad breath, pain, disease and tooth loss. Severe dental disease is present in 85% of pets and can shorten life spans by up to 2 years. Yearly dental exams and ongoing dog dental care – just like for us – are critical to your dog’s well being.

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

We believe that good oral health starts at home. Our pet care team is here to help start your dog off on the right “paw”. We offer complimentary canine oral health overview which include a discussion on dental products that can benefit your dog, teeth brushing demonstration and home care kits. Other dental services include comprehensive oral health assessment with dog teeth cleaning and polishing, dental X-rays, tooth extractions and oral surgery. We use modern and safe inhalant anesthetics and monitoring devices during all dog dental procedures. Veterinarians and dental technicians act as a team to clean the teeth with an ultrasonic scaler, and polish the teeth to create a smooth, lustrous tooth surface more resistant to plaque buildup. Fluoride treatments help strengthen enamel and reduce tooth sensitivity. Our pet care team will make recommendations for home care and professional care based on your pet’s individual needs and current oral health.

How often should you brush your dog’s teeth?

Maintaining good canine oral hygiene takes commitment from you, the owner. While tooth brushing is best, there are many products available to aid in home dental care including enzyme chews, oral rinses and special kibble. Our team is here to answer any questions you may have and can help you find a homecare program that will work best for your pet

Why is oral and dental health important?

Oral health is just as important to our pets as it is for us. There have been many studies showing a relationship between periodontal disease and disease throughout the body. Bacteria from the mouth moves throughout the bloodstream and affects many organs including the kidneys and heart. Statistics show that 85% of pets over 4 years old suffer from some form of dental disease.

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