Dental Care

Dental Health Program

Dental health is a vital part of your pet’s health care and one that is often ignored. It leads to heart failure, kidney failure, liver failure and many other chronic health issues. A lot of owners do not see the value in routine care – if we can’t see a problem, why do the procedure? Once you see the problem, it is a LOT bigger than you think. We then have to pull 3 or 4 (or more) teeth instead of just one. The bill then becomes much larger and the recovery more difficult. Yearly dental cleanings will significantly reduce the extractions and increase your pet’s quality of life. Dental month should not be just February every year. Here is our solution to help you provide better care for your loved one.

Initial Cleaning – $330. This includes a full mouth CT scan, ultrasonic scaling, polishing, sealing and all bloodwork and anesthesia.

Yearly Cleaning – Each yearly cleaning, as long as it is done within 365 days (366 during leap years) of the initial cleaning, will then only be $200. This will still include the CT scan, bloodwork, anesthesia and all the dental cleaning. If the pet requires an extraction or further dental work, these costs will be discounted by 10%. The discount also applies to any dental related medications (antibiotics, pain medication).

This is a much better value than 10% off every February for dental month. We will honor the dental cleaning in this past year as your full price dental you next dental if done within the year, will be the reduced cost.

We will be absolutely strict with the 1 year time frame. There is no variability from this. If you miss the 1 year anniversary, the next dental will be $330.

We look forward to helping bring better care to your pet!

Cleaning of teeth

CT Scan of mouth

Periodontal disease has been associated with diabetes, kidney disease, liver infections and heart disease in human as well as in your pet’s health.  Dental disease is just as painful to your pet as it is for you.

We recommend starting dental care at a young age to prevent periodontal disease.  We send home sample dental kits with every puppy and kitten so the habit of brushing teeth and using dental treats begins at an impressionable age. Annual dental examinations and when necessary dental cleanings are recommended. It is important to use some form of at-home dental care to keep your pet’s teeth healthy between cleanings.

By three years of age, most pets have some degree of periodontal disease. The signs of dental disease can vary in dogs and cats.  These may present as any of the following and early veterinary examination is important:

  • Bad breath
  • Loose teeth or teeth that are discolored or covered in tartar
  • Your pet shies away from you when you touch the mouth area
  • Drooling or dropping food from the mouth
  • Bleeding from the mouth
  • Loss of appetite or loss of weight
  • Dental cleanings at Fountain Inn Animal Clinic consist of the following:

  • Diagnostic blood work
  • Anesthesia
  • Complete CT scan of the mouth 
  • Removal of the tartar from the visible tooth and from under the gum where the real disease is located
  • Measuring the depth of the sulcus looking for pockets of disease
  • Tooth extractions when necessary
  • Polishing the teeth
  • Sealing the tooth post polishing
  • Keep your pet happy and their teeth healthy.  They will love you for it!!