Dentistry

When was the last time your pet had their teeth cleaned? Believe it or not, your dog and cat need their teeth cleaned on a regular basis. 

Care Animal Hospital is offering FREE dental x-rays ($100 value!). Call us today at 951-676-4690 to schedule an appointment!

Why does my pet need a dental cleaning?

By the age of three, most dogs, cats, and other pets have some evidence of periodontal disease. It begins with bacteria in the mouth in the form of plaque. Similar to humans, this plaque sticks to a pet’s teeth and develops from there.

Performing a routine dental cleaning on a dog

Plaque then spreads over the tooth and below the gum line. At this point, the infection starts to damage supporting tissues around the tooth. In the long run, this leads to loss of teeth, among other things. 

Routine dental cleanings remove plaque build-up and stop the spread of it below the gum line. Your pet needs a routine dental cleaning to help preserve their hygiene and teeth. Brushing their teeth at home isn’t enough to curb the long term effects of periodontal disease. 

Pet Dental Services

Care Animal Hospital is the Inland Empire’s premiere pet dental provider. We offer the following services:

  • Annual comprehensive oral health assessments and treatments (COHAT)
  • Digital dental x-rays, which allow us to see dental disease beneath the gumline and determine if a tooth needs an extraction or other forms of treatment
  • Routine dental cleanings
  • Polishing
  • Subgingival curettage
  • Fluoride treatments
  • Exodontics (extractions)
  • Periodontics (treatment of periodontal disease including subgingival antibiotic injections to help retain gum tissue)
  • Restorative dentistry, including reconstructive dentistry following trauma and fractured tooth repair
  • Treatment of oral cancers, including fibrosarcomas, melanomas, and squamous cell carcinomas
  • Treatment of severe gingivitis, stomatitis and other inflammatory mouth disorders using a combination of medications, carbon dioxide lasers, and cold laser therapy
  • Treatment of feline stomatitis disorders caused by the feline immunodeficiency virus (FIV) and the feline leukemia virus (FeLV)

Do I really need to get my pet’s teeth cleaned?

Yes, you really do need to have your pet’s teeth cleaned. Periodontal disease in your animal can be prevented with routine cleanings, in addition to frequent teeth brushing at home. 

You can save your pet a lot of discomfort by keeping their teeth clean. The long term effects of periodontal disease make it difficult for them to chew and eat their food, along with constant pain in the mouth. 

Routine dental cleaning also helps you save money over the long term, avoiding costly tooth extractions or surgical procedures. 

How often do pets need their teeth cleaned?

Generally speaking, your pet should have their teeth cleaned once per year. 

Cats should have teeth cleaning performed once per year by a professional. 

Smaller dog breeds should have their teeth cleaned more frequently, whereas larger dogs might be able to go a little longer than a year. 

If your pet has already developed periodontal disease, then more frequent teeth cleaning is advised. 

How much does it cost?

Teeth cleaning at Care Animal Hospital typically costs between $392-$443. A typical dog and cat teeth cleaning includes:

  • general exam
  • pre-anesthetic bloodwork
  • IV catheter
  • IV fluids
  • Digital X-rays
  • Antibiotic injection
  • Teeth cleaned, polished, and apply fluoride treatment

Extractions are an extra fee and the cost is determined by the amount of time it takes for a tooth removal.

Recommended At-Home Pet Dental Care

A lot of pet owners ask us what can be done at home to help prevent periodontal disease in their pet. Here are our tips:

  1. Brush Teeth Regularly: If possible, brush your dog or cat’s teeth every day. While this can be a difficult habit to make routine, once you start doing it regularly it will become a lot easier. Regular and frequent brushing helps to prevent plaque build-up, and keeps it from spreading to the gums. 
  2. Pick the Right Food: Make sure to select a dog or cat food that focuses on dental hygiene. There are a number of different foods that specifically address it, and we’d be happy to provide a recommendation for your specific pet. 
  3. Be Careful with Treats: Treats are a great way to reward your pet but be careful to select treats that aren’t harming your pet’s teeth. Some treats are made with cow hooves, pig ears, and real bones, which are damaging to teeth. On the other hand, some treats promote good dental hygiene, so do your research. 

Schedule your dental appointment online at Care Animal Hospital, or give us a call with any questions at 951-676-4690.