Oral Pet Care
Routine oral health care is the key to maintaining good teeth and gums
Linda spent many years as a dental hygenist in Montréal and Toronto and realizes the importance of good regular dental care. Your pet will not just get the best and most thorough cleaning around, but we aim to check teeth and gums for further issues. We will also give you tips in maintaining your pets' teeth after the appointment and until their next visit. We take your trust seriously.
Oral Hygiene has been one of the most neglected areas of pet health care. Less than 4% of pet owners brush their pet's teeth and it is estimated that 90% of pets over 2 years of age have significant mouth disease. 50% require immediate attention which could result in dental extraction.
Periodontal Dental Program
Without proper preventative care, dogs and cats can suffer many of the same health conditions, including dental problems such as bad breath, plaque and tartar buildup. All of these can lead to more serious health problems if not addressed and corrected. If you notice brown, yellow or black build up on your dog's teeth (near gums particularly), bad breath, redness or bleeding along the gum line – these are all signs that your doggie could use oral care. We sterilize all our equipment and use surgical gloves on every dog.
The constant buildup of plaque and bacteria will lead to calculus formation and inflammation of the gums. Even a freshly cleaned or brushed tooth can attract bacteria and proteins from saliva. This forms plaque that coats the teeth in thick layers. Plaque is soft, off-white and can be easily wiped or brushed away. If left, within 48-72 hours, calculus is deposited on the plaque file and it becomes a hard yellow-brown crust. Calculus leads to loose, painful teeth and bad breath. Allowing plaque to build up on your pet's teeth is the first stop on the road to gum disease. The most noticeable sign of plaque buildup is bad breath. If you notice that your pet's breath is less than fresh, it's time to visit Knots "N" Tangles Pet Grooming Spa to have your pet's teeth cleaned.
If plaque is left untreated, it hardens and becomes tartar: hard yellow deposits along the gum line. Many dogs and cats experience significant tartar buildup as early as age two. Over time, the buildup creates "pockets" where the gum is forced away from the teeth, which can lead to periodontal gum disease. Keeping your pet's teeth and gums healthy is an important part of caring for their overall health and can help add quality years to your pet's life. Pet bad breath is often overlooked, but it's actually one of the first signs of oral disease. "At any time, 80% of all dogs and 70% of all cats show signs of dental and oral health diseases. Regular dental care adds as much as five years to a pet's life."
Your groomer can be one of the most important caregivers in your pet's life, and a partner in protecting their health. Ask your groomer to take a few minutes to note your pet's breathed and examine their teeth and gums for signs of oral disease. It's up to you to be sure your pet is getting the care he needs to stay a healthy, happy member of your family for many years to come. Proper care includes routine veterinary check ups, vaccinations and visits to the groomer. Be sure to tell your groomer if you're pet has noticeable bad breath or any problems with chewing, loss of appetite, uneaten food, and food dropping from the mouth or pawing at the mouth or face.
It takes just a few minutes to check and evaluate your pet's oral health. Here is what to look for:
Your pet's teeth and gums are healthy if you notice:
- Clean, white teeth
- Breath with a mild aroma
- Smooth, coral pink gum tissue not red and inflamed
- Gum tissue that appears firm, even and fully encircles the teeth
Benefits of a Healthy Mouth
- Helps pet retain teeth without unnecessary dental extraction
- Allows pet to chew without discomfort and promotes a healthy digestive system
- Safeguards pet from additional health risks
Step by Step
The PlaqClnz TM procedure is effective. The spray and gel are taste-free, so even finicky pets accept them easily. Here is what we will do for your pet:
- Pre-treat your pet's mouth with PlaqClnz TM
- Gently flush the mouth with the PlaqClnz TM Oral Irrigator to remove plaque and debris
Before After Before After
Pet Care Tips
The following will help maintain your pet's optimum health:
- A diet free of sweet, sticky or soft foods
- Periodically checking your pet's breath, teeth and gums
- Regular grooming appointments for PlaqClnz TM oral cleaning
- Routine veterinary check-ups
Oral Pet Care Pricing
Program Per Visit
Small $135 $125 Medium $145 $135 Large $175 $150 Giant $200 $195
ALL COSTS ARE SUBJECT TO DENTAL EXAMINATION.
Please understand that a non-anesthetic dental exam and cleaning may not be as thorough as an anesthetic dental exam, cleaning and x-rays, and is only intended to be part of a complete dental care plan for your dog. By using this opportunity to learn about dental care and health you may reduce the number and duration of future anesthetic dental cleanings and exams. These services are not intended to replace Veterinary Dental care for your pet.