Without a proper dental plan, minor oral issues can progress into advanced and hard-to-treat illnesses. Our goal is to make it easy for pets to avoid gingivitis, dental disease, and tooth loss by providing complete and all-encompassing dental care services to your pets.
Why Your Pet Needs a Dental Exam
Not sure if your pet needs a dental checkup? Look for these signs, which indicate not just poor oral hygiene, but also poor health:
- Bad breath
- Red and swollen gums
- Excessive drooling
- Dropping food while eating
- Yellow or brown buildup on the teeth
- Pawing at mouth
- Change in behavior, such as sleeping more often
- Reluctance to play with chew toys
- Decreased appetite, weight loss
Dental care is so important to overall pet health
Our Pet Teeth Cleaning Services
Pets must be placed under anesthesia for their dental cleaning, which involves:
- Scaling the teeth (above and below the gum line) to remove accumulated plaque and tartar.
- A complete dental exam of all the teeth, complete with dental radiographs from our digital dental unit (DDU) to examine tooth roots, presence of abscesses, bone loss, and other issues under the gum line.
- Polishing the teeth to smooth rough enamel surfaces.
- Applying tooth sealants after we clean and polish your pet’s teeth.
At-Home Dental Care
The first rule of at-home pet dental care is to start your pet on a routine as early as possible. Puppies and kittens can adjust to daily dental treatments quickly, making it easier for them and for you!
Brushing your pet’s teeth is the best treatment to implement because it prevents plaque and bacteria buildup and reduces the potential for dental disease. If brushing proves difficult, there are other options available, from oral wipes and dental chews to rinses and tartar control diets. Ask us for recommendations!
What our clients have to say:
The staff takes such good care of all my animals from our bearded dragon our chinchillas and kitten. You can really tell about a person by the way animals attract to a person. I would highly recommend...
-- S. Durbin
Very helpful, kind, and patient with our rescue dog, who HATES getting his nails trimmed.
-- C. Farley
Forever grateful to the fantastic vets and staff at Flatt Veterinary. My senior cat needed emergency euthanasia on a very icy day in January. Most offices were closed due to the bad weather, but not Flatt Veterinary. The staff immediately told me to bring her in, met me at my car, and were extremely kind and gentle throughout the most heart wrenching experience of my life. They had to shave a patch of fur to insert the IV and saved it for me to keep. They also gave me time alone to say goodbye and to mourn after she had passed. They were even kind enough to send a bereavement card.
I know these aren't the moments we like to think about when choosing a vet, but these are the moments that matter the most. When my pet was in incurable pain, Flatt Veterinary was there to help her find peace.
-- H. Smith
Took my Annabelle here for her first shots and worming. They were very friendly with us and we got her first shots for a great price. My dog is very scared of things at this age and they made her feel very comfortable!