Dental Care Services for Pets

Dental Care Services for Pets

One of the most frequently diagnosed health issue in pets is dental or periodontal disease. Our veterinarians recommend that you evaluate your fur family member’s dental health at least once per year. Regular care and preventative checks can save pets from tooth decay and their owners from expensive oral surgery. In the same way that humans need a clean mouth, pets need to remove bacteria and food debris from their mouths.

Why is it important to practice good dental health in pets?

Dental disease does not just stay in the mouth, it can lead to further sickness. Bacteria from the mouth can get into the blood and cause illness in the liver, kidney, heart and lungs. Without early detection and treatment, these problems can even lead to death. Our veterinarians will perform a physical exam and some lab work to determine if a mouth infection has spread to your pet’s other organs.

What are signs of dental disease in pets?

Fortunately, when it comes to dental disease, many of the warning signs are quite visible.

    • Excessive drooling
    • Bad breath
    • Red, swollen/bleeding gums
    • Loose teeth
    • Yellow/brown buildup (tartar) on teeth
    • Changes in eating or chewing on one side of the mouth
    • Pawing at the face
    • Sneezing and nasal discharge
    • Depression/ change in behaviour/ lack of interest in previously enjoyed activities
    • Lumps or bumps in the mouth

If you notice any or some of these signs in your pet call us to schedule your pet’s dental exam at 604-858-6560 or email us at reception@vallelyvetservices.com.

How can I prevent dental disease in my pet?

    • Change their diet. There are foods and treats that fight plaque and buildup on your pet’s teeth.
    • Regular teeth cleaning. Our veterinarians and technicians will also show you how to brush your pet’s teeth at home.
    • Annual oral exam. This features dental x-rays to look below the gum for disease and cleanings done under general anesthesia.
    • Daily chew time. Safe chew toys can keep your pet’s mouth in top form.
    • Regularly examine your pet’s mouth. Look for any sign of dental disease.

What dental services do we provide for pets?

    • Oral cleanings
    • Dental X-rays
    • Dental surgery (including complicated extractions)
    • Medication for comprehensive pain management

Last updated: July 13, 2021

Dear Clients,

Our first and foremost priority remains the health and safety of our clients and staff, while maintaining our high standard of quality veterinary patient care. We have all experienced the unpredictability of this pandemic and feel strongly that adopting a cautious strategy is in the best interest of keeping everyone as safe as possible.

Our plan going forward will be to start slowly.  

1. The following changes are effective as of Thursday, July 15, 2021:

2. We are continuing to accept appointments for urgent or sick pets, as well as time-sensitive puppy/kitten vaccinations. All other services will be scheduled for a later time. However, if you’re unsure whether your pet needs medical attention, please call us to discuss your situation.

3. We are still OPEN with the following hours:
Monday to Friday: 8:00 am – 5:00 pm
Saturday: 9:00 am – 2:00 pm
Sunday: Closed

4. Online consultations are now available! If you wish to connect with a veterinarian via message, phone or video, visit our website and follow the “Online Consultation” link.

We will continue to keep you advised of each step of our process as we move forward to a tentative full reopening in a few short weeks. We are so excited to start this reopening plan and can't wait to welcome ALL of you back into the clinic.

– Your dedicated team at Valley Veterinary Services