Dental Care Services for Pets

Your furry friend’s teeth need the same care as your own. Imagine going your whole life without brushing your teeth or any form of dental care. Neglecting dental care in your loyal companions may result in infections and diseases. For this reason, our team encourages regular dental cleanings and good dental practices at home.

What happens when I don’t take care of my pet’s teeth?

When pets don’t receive proper dental care they develop periodontal (gum) disease. Gum disease develops from bacteria, saliva and leftover particles from the food your pet eats. All of these combined form a sticky film over your pet’s teeth. When this film builds up (tartar) the bacteria multiplies. To fight off the bacteria your pet’s white blood cells release enzymes that break down gum tissue. As the gum tissue breaks down your furry friend is left with inflamed gums and possibly tooth decay or loss.

What are signs of dental disease in pets?

  • Bad breath
  • Red & swollen gums
  • Yellow-brown covering on teeth
  • Change in chewing or eating habits
  • Abnormal drooling
  • Loose teeth

    These are all signs your pet may be suffering from gum disease or dental problems. If that is that case, it is crucial your pet is given veterinary attention ASAP. To schedule a dental appointment for your pet call us at 613.433.3100.

    How can I take care of my pet’s oral health?

    Some good hygiene practices you can include in your pet’s dental care are:

    1. Take them to the veterinarian for annual dental exams. During each annual exam we perform dental X-rays to check the jaw and gum line for disease. Our team will also remove tartar, polish the enamel, disinfect and treat their mouth.

    2. Brush their teeth daily. Your furry friend may put up a fight at first, but once it becomes a regular part of their routine it gets easier. Our team will demonstrate how to properly brush your pet’s teeth. Ask our veterinarians to recommend a toothbrush or toothpaste for your furry friend.

    3. Give your pets treats that clean their teeth. Be sure to check our store for healthy treats for your pets.

    4. Provide toys that are safe for your furry friend’s teeth. Real bones, tennis balls and cow hooves are hard to chew on and can damage your pet’s teeth.

  • Dear Clients,

    We remain open through COVID-19 with protocols in place to protect our clients & our staff.

    We can now see all cases by appointment only. Our veterinarians are also available for telemedicine consultations. If you are uncertain if your pet requires an essential service, please call our office, and we will be happy to discuss each individual case.

    Effective August 3, 2021, we have opened our doors (with some restrictions):

  • We will allow one client per appointment to accompany their pet into the exam room.
  • Face masks are required to enter the building.
  • Please call us when you arrive, and we will provide further instructions.
  • Food and prescription pick-up will continue to be curbside at this time. Please call in advance for prescription refills and food.
  • - Your dedicated team at Pinnacle Animal Hospital