DANFORTH VETERINARY CLINIC
Dental Care Services
Dental disease is one of the most commonly diagnosed diseases in companion animals and many owners think that their dog or cat’s “bad breath” is perfectly normal as they age.
This misconception is completely false and results in many pets not getting the medical attention and treatment that they require.
The doctor will thoroughly examine your pet’s mouth during their physical examination, making note of any tartar accumulation, inflamed or swollen gums, halitosis, fractured or loose teeth and more. Based on these findings, a personalized treatment plan will be created which may include home-care such as daily tooth-brushing or a complete dental examination cleaning (or prophylaxis) under general anesthetic. At this time, teeth that are determined to be too unhealthy may be extracted.
Dental surgeries are always performed by the veterinarian, and your pet will be closely monitored during the anesthetic by a veterinary technician. Pre-operative blood work and intra-venous fluids are provided for all of our patients undergoing a dental procedure.
After their pet has had their dental surgery, most clients comment that they are acting like a puppy or kitten again! It is amazing how well our dogs and cats hide the discomfort a painful mouth can cause, but the results are always evident after the disease has been treated! Bring your pet in today to have his dental health assessed by the doctors.
Why Come To Us For Your Pet's Dental Health Care?
Our dedicated veterinary technicians constantly monitor your pet’s vital signs, blood pressure and heartbeat before during, and after procedure.
We take pre-anesthetic bloodwork and administer intravenous fluids for all dental procedures for the well-being and quick recovery of your pet.
We offer complimentary (free) follow-up appointments to answer any questions or concerns.
Frequently Asked Questions About Our Dental Care Services
Q: What are some signs my pet may need a dental care procedure?
A: Visible tartar, bad breath, inappetance / difficulty chewing, and pawing at the mouth are just a few signs your pet may be feeling uncomfortable and should have an oral exam with the veterinarian.
Q: Why are dental cleanings and oral exams important for my pet?
A: If left untreated, dental disease can lead to infections and abscesses that are more difficult and costly to treat. These infections can lead to the loss of teeth and even organ damage. Early prevention - or pursuing dental care services as early as possible - are the best solutions.
Q: What can I do to prevent tartar and other dental issues in my pet?
A: Daily brushing is the best way to prevent any oral issues from arising. Feeding your pet a specially formulated dental diet designed to prevent tartar buildup is also an effective method. Other recommended products include approved dental chews, water additives, and (flavoured!) enzymatic toothpastes. Regular dental cleanings will also aid these products in keeping your pet as healthy as can be.