Cleaning your dog’s teeth is not a subject that we often think about as pet owners. Dog’s teeth build up tartar, plaque and form cavities just like humans do. They will develop gingivitis which is caused when the bacterium that forms inside the tartar and plaque eventually result in gum disease and tooth decay. Symptoms to look for include bad breath, refusal to eat hard food or to play with favorite toys. Regular brushing and an annual or bi-annual cleaning by your veterinarian will ensure that your pets mouth remains healthy and pain free, reducing the need for costly tooth extractions. Schedule an appointment today so that we can get your pet on the right road for a healthy life.

A fantastic question. Your mouth is the gateway to the rest of your body. Good dental health promotes pain-free eating as well as keeping your pet’s breath fresh. Did you know that studies have shown that the bacteria shown to cause valvular disease in the human heart are the same bacteria found in the mouth?

The cost of a dental cleaning is $299. The price includes IV fluids to maintain appropriate blood pressure throughout the anesthesia. It includes the anesthesia and the dental cleaning, where we scale and polish your pet’s teeth. Also included in the price is radiographs of the mouth, because 2/3 of the tooth is found below the gumline. Lastly, it includes a pain injection and Class IV therapy laser to reduce the inflammation that occurs when we clean the teeth.

The price of the dental does not include the veterinarian’s initial examination of your pet’s mouth. We perform this examination in order to provide you with an estimate for your pet’s dental procedure. It allows us to identify fractures, loose teeth, gum disease, and more so that we are able to discuss what we expect to happen during the dental cleaning. The price does not include extracting teeth or sending home medications if they are deemed necessary. However, by performing that examination, we can more accurately prepare an estimate for what your particular pet’s dental procedure should cost.

The bloodwork that we perform prior to the procedure is similar to those in people. It is our best way to ensure the kidneys and liver are capable of processing anesthesia. Bloodwork can be performed up to 30 days prior to the procedure.

We perform an examination in order to provide you with an estimate for your pet’s dental procedure. It allows us to identify fractures, loose teeth, gum disease, and more so that we are able to discuss with you what we expect to happen during the dental cleaning and the associated cost of the procedure.

We understand your concern and we share it. Unfortunately, we cannot expect our pets to sit still with their mouth open for a dental cleaning. For this reason, anesthesia becomes necessary for both patient comfort and to facilitate the most efficient cleaning procedure. However, anesthesia drugs are safer than ever, and we aim to keep your pet’s anesthesia time to a minimum. In addition, we have sophisticated monitoring equipment that helps us identify problems early and correct them quickly.

If your pet has a fractured or infected tooth, they are often a source of pain. Signs of this might be trouble eating, food dropping from the mouth, or even crying when you touch his or her face. Pets are often so good at masking pain that they rarely show signs until it is too late for the tooth to be saved. No tooth will be extracted until you have spoken to the doctor and have given authorization.

Yes. Your pet should be able to resume eating soon after his or her dental cleaning. We recommend offering 1/3 of their regular diet the evening of the procedure, and then another 1/3 if they are still hungry. Just like people, anesthesia can take 24 to 48 hours to completely clear the system, and has been known to upset the stomach. When your pet has had extractions, we will discuss which teeth and where they were taken from. In some cases, it will be best to feed your pet canned food for a few days before gradually reintroducing their regular kibble.

If your pet has had extractions, we may recommend feeding canned food or water-softened kibble for a few days. However, in some cases, we will recommend switching your pet to a diet specifically formulated for dental health. It is called Hills t/d diet and is available for both dogs and cats. Ask your veterinarian if this food may be beneficial for your pet.

Yes. We are happy to refer you to the board-certified dentist to discuss what treatments are available to you.

Antibiotics are indicated when there are signs of infection in the mouth. Signs you may recognize are a foul smell or severely inflamed gum tissue. Radiographs while under anesthesia may show pockets of infection known as tooth root abscesses. In these cases, we usually recommend sending home a course of antibiotics.

Twin Peaks Veterinary Center recommends that you discuss your pet’s dentistry needs every year at your annual examination. Generally, we recommend annual teeth cleaning. However, there are some cases where pets can go two to three years between cleanings. On the other hand, there are pets who may benefit from cleanings every six months.

Unfortunately, feeding dry kibble alone is not usually enough to promote good dental health. If you rinse your dog’s mouth out with water after eating, brush the teeth regularly, offer dental chews or toys, or any combination of those, you can hope to prolong the time between professional cleanings.