Dental Care Services for Pets

It’s a sad reality but dental care is often neglected in pets. Taking care of your pet’s oral health has a major effect on the life they live. Gum disease (also known as periodontal disease) is one of the most common illnesses seen in pets by veterinarians. It is estimated that more than 80% of pets suffer from some degree of periodontal disease. Periodontal disease doesn’t only affect their mouth, bacteria can also travel to other parts of the body and cause other serious problems. To schedule a routine dental visit for your pet, call us at 403.637.3928.

How does my pet develop periodontal disease?

Each time your pet eats, leftover particles combine with saliva and bacteria to form plaque over their teeth. If the plaque isn’t removed by brushing each day, the bacteria multiplies. To get rid of the bacteria in the mouth, white blood cells release enzymes that affect the gum tissue. This is when you’ll see signs like inflamed or bleeding gums. If left untreated, periodontal disease can affect gums, teeth, bone structure and vital organs such as the kidney and heart.

What happens during my pet’s dental exam?

Your pet’s dental exams are very similar to your own. At our clinic our veterinarians have the expertise to have your furry friend’s oral health in top form. Every dental exam begins with an assessment of the mouth where we look for early signs of periodontal disease. Our exams may also include:

  • Using X-rays to examine your pet’s teeth and diagnose dental problems
  • A dental cleaning where we remove plaque from the teeth and the gum line to reduce infections
  • Using anesthesia to alleviate any discomfort your furry friend may feel during the procedure

    How can I protect my pet from periodontal disease?

    Regular cleaning at home is also important, but to give your pet the best protection, dental exams are necessary. With regular brushing, the leftover bacteria is removed after each meal which prevents buildup. During a dental exam, we perform scaling which removes tartar and plaque, giving your pet’s mouth a deeper clean. You should also check for early signs of the disease on a daily basis and contact your veterinarian if you become concerned.

  • Last updated: November 19, 2021

    We would like to extend a very heartfelt thank you to all our clients that have been so patient with us during the current pandemic situation. We are happy to announce that we are open again!

    We are kindly asking that our clients still wear a mask when they are in the building to protect themselves and our staff. Our waiting room will be limited to one client at a time. All our staff will also still be wearing their masks and taking care to wipe down frequently touched surfaces and sanitize in between clients and patients as we have always done.

    If you are uncomfortable entering the clinic, please do not hesitate to call and we are happy to serve you and your pet curbside. As always cats must be in carriers, and dogs must be on a leash for safety and liability reasons.

    We know that these have been trying times for everyone, but rest assured your pet is still receiving the highest quality of care that you have always known from our veterinarians and staff members.

    If there are any concerns or special circumstances, please feel free to discuss this with our staff and we can take it into consideration.

    - Your dedicated team at Cremona Veterinary Clinic