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Dental Care

Dental disease is one of the most frequently diagnosed problems in dogs. Prevention is much better than treatment when it comes to dental hygiene! Most people disregard the importance of dental health in their dogs. Regular tooth brushing is the best way to maintain healthy teeth and avoid the need for veterinary dental cleaning.

What types of dental care for dogs do you offer at your clinic?

We are always happy to demonstrate how to properly brush your dog’s teeth! We can also perform a complete dental cleaning under a general anesthetic if your dog requires it. The complete dental cleaning is done with an ultrasonic scaler and then the teeth are polished with a dental polisher.

How often should you brush your dog’s teeth?

Ideally, you should brush your dog’s teeth once daily. It can be done relatively quickly and that will prevent the buildup of nasty dental calculus which is responsible for bad breath, tooth decay, gum inflammation and tooth loss.

Why is oral and dental health important?

Dental care plays a much more important role in a dog’s overall health than most people realize. Poor oral health can have a serious effect on a dog’s respiratory tract, cardiovascular system, and kidneys. Dental care is important for oral health as well. Healthy teeth can prevent gum infections, dental disease, and bad breath. The bad breath associated with poor oral health can be quite overpowering and that will affect your home environment as well!


Rescue Dogs: Overcoming Unwanted Behaviours

Since the COVID pandemic has arrived in Canada (and around the world), we have seen a spike in pet adoptions. This is an amazing thing – for the new pet owner and for the pet.  However, one of the other spikes we see on an almost daily basis at the hospital is the need for new owner to attach “a story” to their pet's behaviours – particularly in the instance of “rescue” dogs.  In rescue situations, many of the dogs arrive with unknown histories and many of the dogs demonstrate specific or generalized fear and anxiety.

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