Dental Care for Pets

Did you know by the age of 3 years, most cats and dogs will already have dental disease or periodontal disease? It’s a painful condition that can cause tooth decay and infections. The earliest signs are bad breath (“doggy breath” is not normal), swollen gums and tartar buildup. Fortunately, all it takes is a simple at-home routine, regular check-ups and medical-grade cleanings to keep your pet’s dental health in good shape. Call us at 905.885.8151 for more details on our dental care services. In addition to maintenance and preventive treatments, we can also treat complex dental problems.

Do I need to brush my pet’s teeth everyday?

Yes, but fear not, once you have established your routine it can actually be quite easy for you and your furry friend. By putting aside a few minutes out of your day, you can save your pet from preventable conditions and yourself from expensive medical bills. Tools and products specially made for your pet (e.g. beef/peanut butter flavoured toothpaste, foods that promote dental health) can help make the process fun and exciting.

Do pets need to be put under anesthesia during dental cleanings?

Absolutely. We conduct tests to make sure your pet is a good candidate for anesthesia and one of our team members will be monitoring their vital signs all throughout their dental treatment. It can be stressful for even the most calm-natured pets to have sharp tools in their mouth. For this reason, having them peacefully asleep is the best way to prevent unnecessary stress. It will allow our veterinarians and technicians to properly perform exams, X-rays, clean underneath the gum line and conduct any emergency extractions with ease.

Are anesthesia-free or cosmetic dental cleanings good for pets?

Not at all. You might have heard of groomers or other businesses offering non-anesthetic dental cleanings for pets. These are actually quite dangerous. They are only able to clean the surface-level of your pet’s teeth and mouth. They do not go underneath the gum line. This can hide any underlying health issues because on the surface, your pet’s teeth seems clean. Being awake is also extremely traumatic for pets.

Last updated: Last updated: October 7th, 2021

Dear Clients,

Please see below in regards to our current Covid 19 protocols. We are happy to announce our clinic will be entering in the first phase of our reopening plan.

Beginning October 12th 2021, we will be allowing clients into the clinic for food and medication pickup only. Doctor or technician appointments will still be run curbside for the time being. We will still offer the curbside option for food and medication if requested.

1. The following protocols will be in place for those entering the building: - Maximum 3 clients in the building at a time. - Please do not crowd either doorway as our staff still need easy access in and out with animals. - Please continue to pre-order food and medication to make it an easier and quicker process, and to ensure we have what you need in stock before you come to the clinic. - We accept debit and credit as the preferred payment method, however we continue to accept cash or check.

2. The following protocols are still in place for all appointments (technician and doctor): - We are still operating curbside only for appointments. - Please call the office at 905.885.8151 to let us know that you have arrived and wait for further instructions. Please do not leave a message if you are in the parking lot. Continue to call until you reach a receptionist. - If you do not have a cell phone, please knock on the door. Please also let us know in advance of your appointment so we can make a note. - We accept debit and credit as the preferred payment method, however we continue to accept cash or check. Why are we not opening for appointments yet? - Fully opening is our ultimate goal, however, for the safety of our staff, and clients, allowing food and medication pickup seems the first logical step to limit everyone's exposure. - We hope this step will also alleviate some of the strain on our phone lines and those trying to reach us. - Allowing clients in for food and medication pickup will speed up the amount of time many clients are waiting in the parking lot for this reason.

3. Hours of Operation

Monday to Friday 8:30 am - 6:00 pm

We are closed all weekends and holidays.

As always, we thank you for your patience and understanding, and we look forward to seeing you and your furry family members again very soon!

- Your dedicated team at Ganaraska Animal Clinic