Serving Hancock and surrounding counties

Garner Veterinary Clinic | Veterinary Care | Garner IA

It Begins At Home

Ideally, plaque should be removed from pets' teeth everyday before it mineralizes to tarter. Brushing properly and feeding a properly balanced diet will help reduce the accumulation of plaque and tarter on the teeth. Make it a daily routine to brush your pets teeth gently with a soft bristle toothbrush and pet specific toothpaste to help minimize future issues with your dog or cats teeth!

Dental Facts

  • Periodontal disease is the most prevalent disease among dogs and casts

  • 80% of dogs and cats show signs of oral disease by age three

  • Periodontal disease is common in dogs of smaller breeds

  • Periodontal disease is more common as pets grow older

Signs of Periodontal Disease

  • Bad breath is one of the first signs noticed

  • Yellowish-brown crust of plaque on the teeth near the gum line

  • Red, swollen or bleeding gums

  • Abnormal drooling

  • Decreased appetite

  • Dropping food out of the mouth

  • Loose or missing teeth

If left unchecked, bacteria from the mouth can enter the bloodstream and travel to major organs, starting infections there and seriously compromising the health of your pet.

The organs with the highest blood flow are most susceptible to infection: Lungs, Heart, Kidneys, Liver, and even the Brain. Damage to these organs caused by infection can shorten the lives of dogs and cats.

The Process of a Professional Pet Dental Cleaning

Antibiotic Treatment- prior to any dental procedure, your pet will be placed on antibiotics to begin two days prior to the procedure and continuing for a total of ten days


Pre-Anesthetic Profile- A blood profile will be done on the day of the procedure to check for any liver, kidney, or diabetic conditions to ensure safety during anesthesia


General Anesthesia- a proper dental cleaning can only be done under anesthesia; the slightest movement can cause harm when using mechanical and sharp instruments in the mouth; also, scaling below the gum line where many bacteria can hide is also important for maximum benefits of this procedure


Scaling and Polishing- gross calculus deposits are removed and tooth surfaces are cleaned through the use of a power scaler; surfaces are then polished to complete the process


Tooth Extraction- if necessary, any loose damaged or problematic teeth will be removed to decrease future dental problems


Home Care- continue with antibiotic treatment for a total of ten days; utilize a regular dental care regimen including brushing your pets teeth, feed appropriate and nutritional food and schedule regular dental check-ups

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