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Islington Village Animal Hospital


Annual dental exams and cleanings are recommended to protect your pet from many health problems and help them maintain a healthy and clean mouth.


Studies show that 50% of all dogs and cats have some form of periodontal disease. That number jumps to 80% in pets that are 3 years of age or older. If left untreated, periodontal disease can cause infection, pain, and tooth loss over time. It can also lead to serious health problems like microscopic changes in the heart, liver, and kidneys. Because of this, we recommend an annual veterinary dental healthcare examination for all pets.

Healthy teeth and gums play a critical role in your pet’s overall health and well-being.

Dental disease is one of the most common conditions in cats and dogs and can lead to a host of other, more serious medical problems including diseases of the kidneys, lungs, liver, and heart.

This can be prevented through routine veterinary dental care.

At Islington Village Animal Hospital, we provide a wide range of comprehensive dental services for our valued patients.

These services include:

  • Routine Dental Cleanings;

  • Dental Extractions of Fractured Teeth;

  • Dental Surgery for Treating Periodontal Disease; and

  • Multi-Modal Therapies for Feline Oral Problems

In addition to annual dental treatments with your Islington veterinarian, you should also care for your pet’s teeth and gums at home, in-between visits.

Our knowledgeable staff will gladly work with you on proper home brushing techniques so that you can assist in keeping your pet’s mouth healthy for life.

Why do pets need dental care?

Many health problems start in the mouth. Plaque, tartar, periodontal disease, and infected teeth serve as a source of inflammation and infection for the rest of the body.

Dental disease is one of the most common problems that we see in dogs and cats. It can cause drooling, reluctance to eat, swelling, bad breath, redness of the gums, loose teeth and tooth discoloration.

When should I seek dental care for my pet?

Dental issues and dental related diseases can easily be prevented by visiting our veterinarians regularly for dental examinations and cleanings. We take a comprehensive approach to dental care including dental health assessment, treatment, and prevention.

How does it work?

Teeth Exams, Cleaning and Polishing

Dog and cat dental cleanings are very similar to human dental cleanings, except that we are required to use anesthesia to properly and safely examine and clean the teeth. After the cleaning, our veterinarians perform a thorough oral exam and check for signs of disease like gum loss, root exposure, or pockets around the root.

Also similar to human dentistry, we do full mouth radiographs (x-rays) of your pet. This allows our veterinarians to be able to evaluate the roots of your pet's teeth as well as any disease or abnormalities that are located below the gum line and not visible on examination alone.

Tooth Extractions

We make every effort to save teeth that we feel have a chance to be successfully treated. In many circumstances, however, periodontal disease is so advanced that treatment without extraction is unsuccessful. We only extract teeth that in the doctor's opinion are beyond saving.

Minor Oral Surgery

Many teeth require oral surgery to safely remove each individual root. We have extensive training and experience to perform these procedures properly. Pain medications are administered in the clinic and provided for in-home aftercare.