The Benefits of Dental Cleaning

Just like humans, our furry friends benefit from regular dental exams and cleaning.

Plaque and tartar buildup over time in our pet’s mouths, harboring dangerous bacteria that can impact the pet’s lifespan. Without treatment, bacteria from diseased teeth can travel into the bloodstream and damage the pet’s heart, liver and kidneys. On top of all of that, the animal’s breath is often quite foul, which can impact the human-animal bond. No one likes a smelly mouth!

There are things a responsible pet owner can do to prevent dental disease. Regular brushing has been shown to dramatically decrease accumulation of tartar and plaque, and may reduce the need for professional cleaning. It only takes a few minutes on a co-operative pet, and can make a world of difference. If the pet doesn’t like brushing, there are different types of daily chews for both cats and dogs designed to slow down plaque accumulation, as well as dental diets that achieve the same effect. Please ask us about these products, and we will help you find the best one for your pet.

Sometimes, a professional cleaning can’t be avoided. We offer pre-anaesthetic bloodwork, IV fluids, and dental radiographs as part of our dental package to make sure your pet is getting the best care possible, and to preserve as many teeth as we can. Please come and talk to our knowledgeable staff about pet dental health – your best friend will thank you for it, and will enjoy a healthier, longer life for your care.

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“Sophie”, after a cleaning. What a difference!

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“Sophie”, before a dental cleaning