Care Animal Hospital Pet Dental Care


At Care Animal Hospital, we are committed to our patients’ dental health and implement the highest quality dental care.  We take a comprehensive approach, including a dental health assessment at each comprehensive exam, instructions on home care to prevent dental problems, and state of the art professional care provided by a highly trained team.

Studies show that 50% of all dogs and cats have some form of periodontal disease, which can lead to diseases of the kidneys, heart, and other organs in the body.  The exciting thing about dental care is that disease can often be prevented or slowed with HOME CARE, so a big part of our commitment is to help you prevent dental disease in your pet.  Care Animal Hospital also stocks a FULL RANGE OF DENTAL PRODUCTS that can help prevent the formation of plaque, calculus, and more serious dental disease in our furry patients.  

How Old is TOO OLD for a dental cleaning procedure?

Jaguar in for dental care at Care Animal Hospital

Meet Jaguar, a 17 year old Shih Tzu. Jaguar's owner brought him to Dr. Garnett for evaluation of his mouth, which was bleeding and had a very foul odor. Upon exam, Dr. Garnett found multiple infected teeth and some broken crowns, revealing only roots coming out of the gum tissue. She felt that a dental cleaning with multiple extractions was imperative for Jaguar's health. The question was whether he was too old for an involved dental surgical procedure that could take hours. Should a dog of this age undergo that type of treatment at this time in his life?

A view of Jaguar's teeth at Care Animal Hospital

The owner was asked about Jaguar's quality of life and owner reported that, although blind, he had a good quality of life and enjoyed time with her very much. A blood panel and urinalysis were performed and Dr. Garnett felt he was a good candidate for an involved dental procedure. She also felt that without the procedure, his health was definitely in jeopardy.

A dental cleaning was performed and a full set of x-rays was taken of Jaguar's teeth, showing multiple broken teeth as well as significant infection surrounding some tooth roots. Eighteen teeth were removed, and he was put on antibiotics for 2 weeks to be sure the infection was taken care of. An "after" picture of Jaguar's teeth is below.

Dental x-ray at Care Animal Hospital

Jaguar continues to do well over a year later, and he has a much more healthy mouth with no infection to slow him down.

Dental care for an elderly pet can be the greatest gift you can give to your friend.

Dental procedures at Care Animal Hospital

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Pet dental care is important at Arvada Animal Hospital

What You Can Do To Prevent Pet Dental Disease

Brushing my pet’s teeth?  Isn’t it hard to get a pet to cooperate with tooth brushing? 

When puppies and kittens are introduced to early mouth handling, it becomes much easier to introduce tooth brushing, and when followed by a treat, most pets will readily accept the procedure.  At Care Animal Hospital we are committed to helping you with brushing your pet’s teeth.  We provide a free toothbrush and paste samples to get our clients off to a good start.  We also meet clients, both new and old, at no charge for training sessions on brushing and for evaluations of how the dental care plan is working.

Products and food are available that can decrease the formation of plaque and calculus, slowing the progression of dental disease.  Care Animal Hospital stocks many products to help pet owners effectively block the formation of plaque and tartar on their pets’ teeth. 

Royal Canin makes both dog and cat food formulas that have proven benefits to decrease tartar formation.  These products have a money-back guarantee if a pet does not accept the new food, but we have been very impressed with the palatability of the foods and the benefits to pets from these formulas.

Dental Disease Prevention

Your pet's dental health is an important part of his overall health. Dental disease is the most common disease in dogs and cats in the United States. Dental health problems can lead to more serious conditions such as infections and heart or kidney disease. Many pets with untreated dental disease suffer from chronic pain and premature aging (often acting older than they should). Some symptoms which can indicate serious dental problems include bad breath, plaque build-up, gum irritation and redness, loose teeth, tooth discoloration and swelling in the jaw area.

The American Animal Hospital Association recommends annual oral examinations after the pet is a year old. Dental cleanings for adult dogs are performed under general anesthesia. In addition to regular exams and cleanings, there are some things you can and should do to help promote good dental health in your pet. Feeding your pet a hard, kibble-type pet food, providing appropriate chew toys and brushing his teeth are just a few ways to keep your pet's teeth healthy in between professional cleanings.

Dental disease can be easily prevented by visiting your veterinarian regularly for dental examinations and cleanings.

Arvada dental disease prevention information at Animal Hospital
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AAHA Recommendations

The American Animal Hospital Association recommends regular oral examinations and dental cleanings, under general anesthesia, for all adult dogs and cats. A veterinarian should evaluate your pet’s dental health at least once a year. This is recommended because bacteria and food debris accumulates around a pet’s teeth and, if left unchecked, will lead to deterioration of the soft tissue and bone surrounding the teeth. This decay results in irreversible periodontal disease and even tooth loss. We can recommend and demonstrate preventative measures you can begin at home. Our wellness program emphasizes and explains how you can avoid costly dental procedures with your pet in the future.

How to Brush your Dog's Teeth

Advanced Professional Dental Services

When problems do arise, sometimes due to disease processes that are hard to prevent, the Care Animal Hospital Team is here to provide ADVANCED PROFESSIONAL DENTAL SERVICES to help return every pet to good dental health, using the highest standards of anesthesia and monitoring and our highly skilled veterinary dental team.