Dental disease is one of the most common problems in dogs and cats. If left untreated, dental disease affects the quality of your pet’s life. Infected teeth are painful, will eventually cause tooth loss and may lead to infection in other organs. Together we can improve the longevity and quality of the life of your pet with daily dental care and professional cleanings when appropriate. Having the groomer brush your dog’s teeth every 1-2 months is not effective dental care! Check our resources section for things you can do at home on a daily basis.

Chain of Lakes Animal Clinic practices modern veterinary dentistry including digital radiographs, high speed ultrasonic scaling and fiber optic high speed drill for tooth extractions. Modern equipment helps us perform complex extractions and oral surgery for your pet. When appropriate, referral to a board certified veterinary dentist is also available. (Did you know pets can get root canals?)

Our preventative, routine dental care includes complete ultrasonic scaling and polishing. We place your pet under anesthesia and perform a comprehensive oral examination. We examine individual teeth for mobility, fractures, and periodontal disease. Due to modern and safe anesthesia, your pet will go home a few hours after their dental procedure is complete.

Signs of dental disease in your pet include bad breath (foul breath is not normal!), loose teeth, inflamed gums, unwilling to play with certain toys, difficulty eating, reduced appetite, or sometimes no symptoms at all despite a painful mouth. Animals mask pain well.