Dog Dental Care

Dental Care for Dogs

Dental disease is the #1 diagnosed disease in dogs. A Veterinarian grades the teeth in 4 stages. The severity ranges from mild plaque (present on one or more teeth), to mild gingivitis, to ultimately severe gum disease (which results in bone loss and the need to remove teeth surgically).

Symptoms include loss of appetite, lethargy, depression, difficulty eating and chewing, bad breath, bleeding gums, problems picking up food, loose teeth, bumps/lumps in the mouth, and bloody saliva.

What types of canine dental care services are offered at your hospital?

Canine dental care includes a dental procedure which consists of a full anesthetic, radiographs of the underlying roots, a thorough cleaning under the gum line and extractions if necessary.

How often should I brush my dog’s teeth?

If your dog allows, you can brush their teeth daily. There are also many other products that can be used to ensure your pet has healthy teeth including diets, pastes and water additives. Always ensure that you are using a pet-safe toothpaste! Human toothpaste contains xylitol which is toxic to dogs. Ask us about the VOHC seal to ensure you are using products that have been proven to work.

Why is oral and dental health important?

When dental disease is left untreated, it can lead to many other health problems in dogs. Bacteria in the mouth travel through the bloodstream to other areas of the body causing issues in the kidneys, liver, and heart. Oral health is critical in the overall wellbeing of your pet.

Last updated: January 5, 2022.

NOTICE: We are currently not allowing clients into the treatment rooms, and have resumed our drop off service until further notice.


: 24- HOUR
**Please note, there is no 24-hours urgent care services Thursday to Saturday at this time**

MONDAY TO FRIDAY: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM.(Last patient intake at 3:30pm)
***No clients allowed into the appointment. Exceptions made for after-care owners.***

Our #1 concern is keeping both you and your pets safe. We are following the AHS Guidelines to keep you safe. Please keep 6 kitties apart, mask up, and sanitize when entering our premises.

We are working hard to serve you better and improve our practice. We sincerely appreciate your patience, kindness, and understanding during this time while we battle the COVID-19 Pandemic, in addition to our hospital renovations, and staff shortages.

For urgent medical help outside of our hours, please contact:

1. Fish Creek Hospital - (403) 873-1700
2. Western Veterinary Specialists & Emergency Centre - (403) 770 -1340
3. VCA Canada CARE Centre - (403) 520-8387
4. Southern Alberta Veterinary Emergency - (403) 995-3270

For non- urgent care outside of our hours, please contact:

1. Edgemont Veterinary Clinic - (403) 239-4657
2. Airdrie Animal Clinic - (403) 948-3619