Statistics show that 80% of dogs and 70% of cats have periodontal (gum) disease by the time they are three years old. Over time, our animal friends develop plaque and tartar, just like humans. Neglecting your pet’s dental hygiene can lead to heart, liver and kidney disorders.
A COMPASSIONATE ALTERNATIVE
Many pet owners are understandably apprehensive about using traditional dental cleaning methods on their beloved friends. Why put them under anesthesia unless absolutely necessary? We offer a safe, effective alternative at an affordable cost. For pets with loose or fractured teeth, advanced periodontal disease, aggressive and/or hyperactive behavior issues... anesthesia with your regular family vet is obviously necessary for the safety and care of all. Any patient we find that might need more complex dental work in the future will be advised.
HOW DOES THE SMILEPET PROCESS WORK?
The attending Veterinarian will do an exam of your dog and chart all findings. All dental cleanings then start with careful hand scaling. If the pet allows (and most do) a professional ultrasonic unit is also used. In the hands of a skilled hygienist, an ultrasonic unit is a gentle and extremely effective method of removing plaque and calculus below the gum line. The next step of the procedure is a thorough polishing of the tooth enamel surfaces using hygienic disposable prophy angles and paste. Finally, an antimicrobial rinse and an enzymatic dental gel are applied to inhibit bacteria and plaque. The whole process takes approximately one hour. All equipment is completely cleaned and sterilized by autoclave. Our attention to detail will send your animal friend home with shiny clean teeth and fresh breath, without the use of anesthesia.
WILL MY PET COOPERATE?
With our combined 30+ years of experience, we have successfully cleaned the teeth of thousands of dogs and gentle cats. Most animals are extremely accepting of non-anesthesia dental cleaning. Although it is hard to imagine, your pet is gently positioned on/or in our lap for the procedure. Larger dogs are placed on their side. Your animal companion is treated with love, patience and competence. We love animals like you do!