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Dental Care Services for Pets

Our dental care services include the inspection of your pet’s teeth and gums. During their dental cleanings, we search for plaque, tartar, and gum disease. We use anesthesia to keep patients still and avoid them feeling any discomfort. If any issues are detected, we will discuss procedures or treatment options to handle them. For example, a broken tooth will require surgical extraction. To learn more about dental care routines and how to maintain one at home, book an appointment with us by calling 902.794.7387.

Why does my pet need anesthesia to have their teeth cleaned?


It’s been well established that animals don’t like having people fiddle around in their mouth. In order for us to do a thorough cleaning, we place pets under anesthesia to keep them from moving. The anesthetic allows us to perform dental radiographies (X-rays) and inspections below their gum line.

How will I know if my pet has dental issues?


Bad breath, irritability, bleeding gums, and awkward chewing (to avoid aggravating the afflicted area) are common signs your pet is having a dental problem. This could be a symptom of a broken tooth, decay or inflammation of their gums. If your pet is showing any of these signs, please don’t hesitate to bring them in for an appointment as soon as possible.

How can I maintain my pet’s dental care if they won’t let me brush their teeth?


It’s recommended that pets (cats and dogs) should have their teeth brushed at least three times a week. However, we know this is especially difficult with strong-willed pets. It helps to use a flavoured toothpaste to encourage a more delicious experience. You can get flavours in poultry, beef and peanut butter. In between teeth brushing, feeding your pet dental treats will help them rub plaque off and condition them to have strong and healthy teeth.

Last updated: December 8, 2021

Dear Clients,

With recent changes to restrictions on businesses, we have made some important updates to our operating policies.

1. WE CAN NOW SEE ALL CASES BY APPOINTMENT ONLY

This includes vaccines, wellness exams, blood work, heartworm testing, spays and neuters, dental services, and more!

2. SAFETY MEASURES TO KEEP EVERYONE SAFE

  • Continue the use of credit cards as the preferred payment method.
  • Continue with curbside pickup of food and medication.
  • 3. OPERATING HOURS

    We are OPEN with the following hours:

    Monday and Thursday: 8:00am - 5:00pm
    Friday: 8:00am - 4:00pm
    Saturday & Sunday: CLOSED

    *We are closed daily between 1:00pm – 2:00pm.

    NEW PET OWNERS

    Have you welcomed a new furry family member to your home? We’d love to meet them! Visit our Must Know New Pet Owner Information page for useful resources and helpful recommendations for new pet owners.

    Thank you for your patience and understanding and we look forward to seeing you and your furry family members again!

    - Your dedicated team at Northside Animal Hospital