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Imagine what your mouth would feel like if you never brushed your teeth or went to the dentist. For many dogs and cats, this is a painful reality. According to the American Veterinary Dental Society, more than 80% of dogs and 70% of cats have dental disease by the age of 3. Dental (or periodontal) disease is the most frequently diagnosed health problem in pets.

Common signs of dental disease include:

  • Yellow or brown buildup (tartar) on the teeth
  • Red, swollen, or bleeding gums
  • Bad breath
  • Excessive drooling
  • Changes in eating or chewing habits
  • Pawing at the face
  • Loose teeth
  • Depression

Even if your dog or cat doesn’t have these symptoms, we recommend that you have a veterinarian evaluate your pet’s dental health at least once a year. Bacteria and food debris accumulate around the teeth and, if left unchecked, will lead to deterioration of the soft tissue and bone surrounding the teeth. This decay can result in irreversible periodontal disease, tooth loss, and possibly expensive oral surgery.

Dental disease can also affect other organs in the body: Bacteria in the mouth can get into the bloodstream and cause serious infections in the kidneys, liver, lungs, and heart. If these problems aren’t caught and treated quickly enough, they can result in death. A physical exam combined with appropriate laboratory work can determine if infection in the mouth has spread.


We may determine that your pet needs a dental cleaning under a general anesthetic.

We bundle the fees for the dental prophylaxis together into what is called a “Dental Package” There are 2 cost levels for dental packages depending on the time the procedure takes.
A dental package consists of a pre operative examination, sedation, general anesthetic,  intravenous fluids, dental xrays and the cleaning itself. We perform a complete examination of each individual tooth followed by a manual and ultrasonic scaling which removes tartar from all exposed surfaces of the teeth. Subgingival curettage is then performed to remove any tartar from below the gum line. The teeth are then polished to remove any fine etching marks that would facilitate the reestablishment of tartar. Gums and subgingiva are rinsed with a chlorhexidine solution.

The package price does not include pre-operative blood testing which is recommended to ensure a safer anesthetic or the costs associated with any dental extractions that may be necessary. Please contact us with any questions or to book your pet for a dental cleaning.

Schedule your pet’s dental exam today! We can also show you how to brush your pet’s teeth and recommend foods and treats that will help combat plaque and tartar buildup.