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A majority of dogs and cats over the age of three suffer from periodontal disease. This disease is caused by tartar buildup on the teeth. Once tartar contains excessive bacteria, it can move into the bloodstream and cause serious health problems. Besides bad breath, your pet could also have heart, kidney, and liver damage from poor dental health.

It is imperative to have routine cleaning for your pet’s teeth in order to prevent gum (periodontal) disease. If you notice any of the symptoms of gum disease in your dog or cat, it is especially important for you to schedule an appointment with one of our doctors before the problem becomes life-threatening. Excessive salivation, bad breath, red and inflamed gums, visible tartar, loose or missing teeth, or a decrease in appetite and weight loss are all signs that your pet’s teeth need immediate attention.

Your pet can usually be dropped off in the morning and picked up in the afternoon of the same day. At Western Veterinary Clinic we do a professional 12-step cleaning for safe and detailed dental cleaning. We are a member of the American Veterinary Dental Society.

Our 12-Step Plan for Safe and Detailed Dental Cleaning

  1. Physical exam and pre-operative blood screening
  2. Anesthesia with IV fluid therapy and heart/blood pressure monitoring
  3. Oral exam done while under anesthesia
  4. Tartar and calculus removal from teeth
  5. Curetting of the teeth (cleaning under the gum)
  6. Polishing of the teeth
  7. Measuring periodontal pockets and treating
  8. Post-cleaning exam by doctor and radiographs (if needed)
  9. Fluoride application to create a more resistant enamel
  10. Dental charting for the medical record
  11. Homecare therapy plan & instructions
  12. A no-fee follow-up appointment

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