Dental problems are the most common health issue among U.S. pets affecting at least 70 to 80 percent of dog and cats. Problems that develop in the mouth can seriously affect the overall health of pets and could potentially affect quality of life as well as longevity. Daily dental care plays an important role in the overall health of your dog or cat. Some breeds are more prone to dental disease. Dental Disease is more common in smaller breeds of dogs and is very common in all indoor cats.

Every regular exam in our clinic includes a thorough dental exam. If we find signs of disease, we will recommend a treatment plan. It is important for the overall health of your pet that we take care of any dental problems we find. We will also recommend a home care plan that is a key part of keeping your pet healthy.

If the dental cleaning is recommended for your pet and approved by you an appointment will be setup for first available Tuesday or Thursaday. All pets are fasted the night before and are placed on an antibiotic five days before and five days after the procedure. We asked that bring them in between 7:30 - 8:30am. In most cases discharge is by 5:00.


Recognizing dental problems

dental2.jpgA pet’s bad breath can be a sign that your cat or dog may be developing Dental problems which include the buildup of plaque and tartar. If ignored, many types of dental conditions are not only irreversible, but can eventually result in tooth loss or cause severe health issues, such as heart, liver, and kidney failure. Other signs of a serious dental condition include:

  • Excessive drooling
  • Painful chewing
  • Gum receding or discoloration
  • Loose teeth
  • Bleeding gums
  • Yellow or brown crust on teeth
  • Change in eating habits
  • Change in behavior, "grumpy" behavior

Ways to manage your pet’s dental health.

  • Daily tooth brushing (using special formulated toothpastes for pets)
  • Edible chews- we offer Purina Veterinary Diets and VOHC approved Dental Chews
  • Regular checkups with Dr. Gill or Dr. Gibson
  • OraVet Plaque Prevention Gel, for more information go to
  • Good nutrition throughout the life of your pet is vital. We recommend Purina DH Canine or Feline formula. It provides a nutritious everyday feeding solution that works between dental cleanings to help reduce plaque and tartar accumulation.