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Dental Care

Aside from keeping their teeth looking and smelling great, dental care plays a major role in your pet’s overall health. For example, did you know that about 85% of dogs and cats over the age of one suffer from periodontal disease? This is an infection and the inflammation of tissues around their teeth. Fortunately, periodontal disease and other dental conditions can be prevented and managed with routine dental exams and cleanings. To book your pet’s next appointment, please call us at 705.742.4243.

What are the symptoms of dental problems in pets?

Please call us and schedule an appointment if you see that your dog or cat has: bleeding, bad breath, swollen gums, difficulty chewing, loose teeth, bumps in their mouth and blood on their toys/water bowls. These are all signs of dental health problems.

What types of dental services for pets are offered at your hospital?

Our team offers dental cleanings, dental radiographs, teeth extractions and more for our feline and canine patients.

What happens during a pet dental cleaning?

After being put under anesthesia, we will conduct a full exam of your pet’s teeth, mouth and gums. X-rays may be done if further analysis or if extractions are necessary. Then, we proceed with the cleaning and removal of any plaque and tartar. The cleaning ends with polishing and rinses with an antibacterial agent.

How often should I brush my dog’s/cat’s teeth?

Ideally, your pet’s teeth should be brushed every day. That might sound daunting but fear not! Our technicians will be more than happy to show you how it’s done! Important: Please DO NOT use toothpaste or toothbrushes meant for humans! Only use products designed specifically for your pet. Why? Human toothpaste contains ingredients that are toxic to your pet. Human toothbrushes may also be too abrasive for them.


4DX Testing: A Quick and Powerful Screening Tool for the Health of Your Dog

The 4DX test is a quick blood test that screens for four diseases which affect our dogs: Heartworm, Lyme, Anaplasma and Ehrlichia. Heartworm disease is transmitted by mosquitoes and is becoming more prevalent as the climate warms and more dogs (unknowingly infected) are brought into the province from other areas where mosquito borne diseases are widespread. In a few discrete areas within southern Ontario, such as Peterborough County, the prevalence of infection in dogs not on a heartworm preventive can be as high as 5% to 10%.* Local wildlife such as foxes, coyotes and wolves may be infected and be able to spread the disease to our dogs through the mosquito.

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