Dental Care Improves Pet Health & Longevity
Good dental health care is essential for overall health and wellbeing. Harmony Animal Hospital provides comprehensive dental care for dogs, cats, and small animal pets.
Dental Exams for Wellness
A regular dental exam is one of the most important things you can do to improve quality and longevity in your pet’s life. Without exams and regular care, the vast majority of dogs and cats develop periodontal disease by the age of three. Sadly, this infection spreads to the organs resulting in heart, liver, or kidney disease.
When performed as part of your pet’s regular health routine, dental care is quite effective. Routine dental exams and teeth cleaning can be combined with the annual pet health exam, and home care can be scheduled to coincide with daily grooming. Contact us to schedule a dental exam for your pet.
Professional Teeth Cleaning
We recommend regular dental exams and teeth cleaning under general anesthesia for most dogs and cats, including the following:
- Pre-anesthetic exam — Whenever anesthesia is needed, we perform a thorough exam to ensure the patient is healthy enough for anesthesia. We may run blood, urine, electrocardiograph, and X-ray tests to check for risk factors.
- Anesthesia monitoring — Throughout the procedure, we monitor patient vital signs such as heart rate, body temperature, and respiration.
- Dental X-rays — X-rays of the teeth may be needed to evaluate the patient. We use the latest technology, digital dental X-rays, to better diagnose dental conditions.
- Scaling and polishing — We use dental instruments to remove plaque and calculus from the teeth, and smooth out scratches in the tooth enamel by polishing with a special paste.
We also provide special dental services for those patients unable to tolerate anesthesia. During all dental procedures, we used advanced pain management techniques for the comfort and safety of every patient.
Why Dental Care for Pets?
Your pet’s mouth is a breeding ground for bacteria. Food particles accumulate on and between tooth surfaces, which hardens and sticks to the teeth as plaque. Plaque turns into a shell of brownish, foul-smelling material, severely inflaming gums. This can lead to periodontal disease, a painful and serious infection.
Periodontal disease leads to inflamed gums, tooth loss, and infection that enters the bloodstream and harms internal organs. The result of periodontal disease is pain, serious illness, and even death.
Non-Anesthetic Dental Cleanings
For our patients that cannot tolerate general anesthesia, or for pet owners who prefer this technique, we offer non-anesthetic dental cleaning from Pet Dental Services.
With this method, patients are never forced or bullied into submission, and most become quite compliant and relaxed. Highly skilled hygienists perform a thorough cleaning, both above and below the gum line.
Non-anesthetic dental cleanings can be a better alternative for older pets and for pets with chronic kidney, liver, or heart disease that are not a candidate for general anesthesia. We recommend non-anesthetic dentals every six months and periodic anesthetic dentals with full mouth dental X-rays.
Pet Dental Home Care
“Your front desk staff is fabulous! They made me feel like Lola and I were the best duo in town. The service was very good and they completed it in record time.”
– Elyse Rose-Trupiano
“Great facility and feel very comfortable leaving Sam (our Bengal cat) there. Highly recommend to anyone who wants their loved pet in capable and pet friendly hands!”
– Michael & Ellen Rierson
“We’ve loved you guys for 12 years!”
– Bob Olson
“Dr. Rogers has terrific bedside manner, diagnosed the problem quickly and accurately, and addressed all of our concerns. Muffin sends her thanks to Dr. Rogers for her chicken puree recipe. Yum!”
– Jack Holcomb
“Your staff was very helpful and good with my cat I would for sure bring her back for boarding she was very good when I picked her up she was not stressed out all that is very important to me. Thanks to
all the staff that took care of her when u have people that care it makes me feel less stressed about leaving her...Thank u everyone.”
– Cherie Wade
“Everyone there took the time to calm and reassure both myself and my nervous dog. We cannot thank you enough for being warm, helpful, and concerned. We love you guys!!!!”
– Jeff Farwell
“I have been coming to Harmony Animal Hospital for years. Very, well satisfied. All of the Staff are helpful and very kind and polite.”
– Normal & Willard Johnson
“I have not have had a problem with any member of the staff. All our pets have been patients of harmony since 1996. Good job.”
– Fauvette Nudleman
“Excellent service! Clean facility! I will not trust any other vet with my pup;)”
– Rhenna & Emilo Pages
“We find everyone at Harmony to be extremely helpful. Nice, caring people!”
– Robin Monserrat
“I am very happy with the level of care my "fury" children receive at Harmony. It keeps me coming back. Thank you!”
– Kristen Wagner