Teeth Cleaning FAQ’s
HOW MUCH DOES IT COST?
We charge a flat fee of $199 for dogs and $239 for cats. On the rare occasion a dog’s dental session needs to be broken up into 2 sessions. On the rare occasion we need to break your pets appointment up we will schedule another appointment with in a couple of weeks and an additional fee of $49 will be charged.
WHAT IS INCLUDED?
- Visual examination of teeth and a view of the overall gingiva condition
- Remove tartar, plaque & calculus on the teeths surface and below the gum-line
- Polish teeth to help remove staining
- Pet report card with a description of the appointment for your records
- Our appointments take about an hour
SIGNS OF ORAL HEALTH TROUBLE
- bad breath
- bleeding/inflamed gums
- pawing at mouth
- loose teeth
- loss of appetite
- excessive chewing
- not playing with toys
- Pets not being ‘themselves’
WHY SHOULD I CLEAN MY PETS TEETH?
Just like human’s our pets build plaque and calculus but without your help they can’t brush it off. The bacteria that comes from plaque leads to gingivitis, periodontal disease and gum recession. Once gum recession occurs it cannot grow back and can eventually lead to eating difficulties, and tooth loss.
Plaque & calculus harbour bacteria that can also contribute to other local and systemic conditions such as heart, liver and kidney diseases. We can remove this in about an hour allowing your pets immune system to focus on other areas of the body.
HOW CAN I TELL IF MY PET'S TEETH NEED CLEANING?
Bad breath is often the first tell-tale sign of poor oral hygiene. Look for brown or yellow build-up on the tooth and areas of inflammation around the gum area. If you are unsure, we can check for you with a free initial consultation at 1 day clinics or at our head office in downtown Vancouver.
DOES MY PET FEEL ANY PAIN OR DISCOMFORT?
Your animal will not experience any pain. We are scaling off plaque just like a human hygienist would do if you were the patient.
HOW DO YOU GET THE ANIMAL TO STAY CALM?
We rely on our ‘pet-whispering’ skills to establish a trusting relationship with each animal and at the same time use gentle relaxation techniques, which allow the pet to feel safe and comfortable. Even fussy pets with challenging personalities are usually very cooperative. On the rare occasion, but it does happen, some may even fall asleep. We will never restrain your pet.
DO YOU POLISH?
Yes, we polish the teeth to reduce staining and to create a clean, smooth surface to prevent bacteria, tartar and calculus from returning quickly.
WHAT EQUIPMENT DO YOU USE?
Although trained in hand instruments and ultrasonic cleaning we opt to hand scale your pets teeth. The noise of the ultrasonic machine can be frightening for most pets so we avoid this technique.
DO WE USE STERILE TOOL?
Yes, we have a sterile kit of tools we use for the day for each individual animal. At the end of the day we sterilize our tools in a chlorhexidine solution.
HOW OFTEN SHOULD I CLEAN MY PET'S TEETH?
Our dogs and cats suffer from the same diseases as humans. On average pets over 2 years old should have a professional cleaning every 6 to 9 months or even up to 1 year depending on diet, age, health breed, home care and bacteria growth.
PETS WHO ARE NOT CANDIDATES
Pets with oral health complications are referred to your veterinarian for treatment. Pets who are known biters and aggressive personalities are not eligible.
HOW EFFECTIVE IS THIS METHOD?
There are circumstances where we might not be able to remove all your pet’s tartar. We do not pull teeth and we do not take X-Rays, so we can never see what is going on under the gum line. Sometimes we find chipped teeth and in some cases it’s best to leave the plaque on the tooth to protect it. We also can see detached gums, root exposure and wiggly teeth. We will always ask you to see a vet after our visit when these are part of our findings.
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