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Veterinary Dental Services

Canine Oral Health

At Illiana Veterinary Hospital, we provide veterinary dental services including routine cleaning, digital dental x-rays, and polishing (dental prophylaxis) and surgical extractions to manage and treat severe oral disease conditions.

When dental problems and oral diseases are diagnosed, sometimes a dental procedure may be necessary. Illiana Veterinary Hospital is equipped with state-of-the-art oral surgical equipment and the latest technology to provide your pet with a safe dental procedure.

Pet Dental Care

Routine and preventive dental care is vital to your pet's long term health. Pets with poor oral hygiene can develop infection, which can often lead to heart, lung, and kidney disease. Illiana Veterinary Hospital offers a full range of dental services for cats and dogs including dental examinations, dental extractions, and oral surgery as well as home care instructions for keeping your dog's or cat's teeth clean and healthy.

Routine Pet Dental Examinations

Our veterinarians perform basic oral exams on all our patients during their comprehensive physical exam. Puppies and kittens will be examined to detect any problems related to the deciduous (baby) teeth, missing or extra teeth, swellings, and oral development. Senior pets will be evaluated for developmental anomalies, the accumulation of plaque and tartar, periodontal disease, and oral tumors.

Good Oral Hygiene for Pets

Dental Care Tips for Dogs and Cats

  • Schedule a dental oral exam for your dog or cat every year.
  • Schedule regular dental cleanings as recommended by your veterinarian.
  • Brush your pet's teeth daily with Fluoride free tooth paste. Start brushing as early as 4 months of age to get your pet in the routine of daily brushing.
  • Dental hygiene chews can help keep plaque levels down.
  • Dental diets are available to remove or prevent plaque and tartar build-up.
  • Treats are available for both cats and dogs that control tarter and plaque and promote good dental health.

I Know It Is Time for My Pet's Dental When...

  • My pet's breath smells bad. Bad breath or halitosis is often the first indicator that a pet has dental disease.
  • When the lip is gently lifted up and there is brown or black tartar build up on the teeth.
  • When the gums bleed easily.

Remember, dental disease is progressive and if caught early can prevent further damage and save teeth.