Dental care in our pets is just as important as it is for us. Tartar and plaque build-up not only can lead to bad breath but also to other health conditions like heart disease. Daily brushing, water additives or dental chews can help slow the build-up of tartar and plaque. Products that have the VOHC Seal of approval have met the Veterinary Oral Health Council (VOHC) "standards for effectiveness in retarding plaque and tartar" For more information about VOHC visit

We recommend a Comprehensive Oral Health Assessment and Treatment (COHAT) for dogs and cats. This procedure is performed under anesthesia and is similar to dental procedures we receive for ourselves. Your pet will receive dental radiographs to assess for any issues that are under the gum line along with physically checking each tooth for any issues. Once this has been completed, the veterinarian will discuss any additional recommendations such as tooth extraction with you. Your pet will also receive a dental cleaning to remove tartar and plaque build up. For dental health concerns that are more complex, we may refer to a veterinary dentist. Veterinary dentists are better equipped and more experienced to handle complex dental issues.

Oral pain is a sign of dental health issues. Oral pain can present in different ways. You may notice your pet not chewing their food, dropping food or pawing at their face. A COHAT is the only way to assess and treat the underlying cause of oral pain. If the pain is severe, then we may recommend pain medication until your pet's COHAT procedure.