dental care


Dental problems are very common in pets, and painful abscesses and extractions can often be avoided by preventative de-scaling with our ultrasound machine. When teeth are in need of extracting we have a range of specific dental surgical instruments and high-speed drills (very similar to those which you find in your own dentist) to make this process as quick and painless as possible.

Many breeds (Pugs, Poodles, Miniature Schnauzer, Boston Terriers, Jack Russell Terrier, Cocker Spaniel) are predisposed to dental tartar early in their life even if they are on dental prescription food or are taking dental treats.

However, there is one single economic and effective way to

prevent tartar build-up.


It is routine teeth brushing, this practice is the most

effective in preventing dental disease and if we combine

the prescription dental food and occasional dental treats

we are going to prolong the intervals between dental

cleanings. If your pet's teeth are not cleaned on a regular basis

many health issues can occur such as bad breath, gingivitis and

periodontal disease. This is a result of bacterial and plaque build-up on your pet’s teeth and gum. More serious infections may result, which can eventually damage the liver, kidneys, heart and other organs.


Pets are vulnerable to gum disease and problems with their teeth. About 80 percent of dogs and 70 percent of cats not on a proper dental care program, will suffer from some form of dental disease by the age of two.

  • Charting all your pet’s present teeth and evaluating their condition, including the degree of tartar, gingivitis (gum inflammation) and any pockets in the gums around the teeth.

  • Removal of tartar above your pet’s gumline using a special ultrasonic scaler, just like a dentist uses for your teeth.

  • Polishing your pet’s teeth using a dental polisher and specialized fine-grade paste.

  • If certain teeth are so severely affected they cannot be saved, extractions will be necessary.

  • In some cases, gum surgery is required to close the holes left behind when a tooth is extracted, and dissolvable stitches are used for this procedure.

Once all dental work is completed, your pet may be given an antibiotic and an anti-inflammatory injection, the anesthetic gas is turned off, and your pet is allowed to wake up. Pets are generally able to go home on the same day.

how do we attend to your pets dental concern?

We have the equipment required to carry out a thorough dental examination, and to clean all teeth without distressing the pet. At Sherbourne Animal Hospital, a complete dental examination includes: