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Northlands Animal Hospital
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Dental Care

Your pet’s dental health is extremely important. Dental care is about more than just “doggie breath”. Regular dental care can help prevent serious diseases and infections . Routine dental cleanings are a vital part of your pets preventative health care plan.

We use x-ray equipment in order to better diagnose dental conditions. At Northlands Animal Care Hospital we perform an extensive array of dental procedures, including:

Diagnosis and cleaning, Dental radiology, Oral mass and cancer treatment, Oral surgery, Surgical extractions, Jaw fracture repair.

Why Dental Care is Important

Plaque and tartar build-up on your pets teeth can lead to gingivitis. Reddened, bleeding gums, difficulty chewing, and bad breath are all signs of gingivitis. Gingivitis can cause periodontal disease, a bacterial infection that, if left untreated can potentially damage your pets kidneys, heart and other organs.

Dental Surgery - Before Dental Surgery - After

Before & After shots of Dental Care performed at Northlands Animal Care Hospital

What happens during a dental procedure?

Your pets dental cleaning is far different than the same procedure we undergo each year at your dental appointment. Anaesthesia is required to keep your pet safe and still during the procedure. We perform a thorough exam and a series of blood tests to ensure your pet is healthy enough for this procedure. These tests also help us develop an anaesthetic protocol for your pet.

Once anaesthetic is administered the cleaning begins. We use modern and safe ultrasonic equipment to clean each tooth thoroughly, both above and below the gum line. Our veterinarians then polish your pet’s teeth, which creates a smooth, lustrous surface that is more resistant to plaque build up.

Following the scale and polish we have premium tooth cleaning diets available to help keep those teeth clean.