Golden dog getting their teeth brushed

Dental Care Services for Pets

Our team offers maintenance and preventative dental treatments; ensuring your pet has healthy teeth and gums throughout their life. Keeping up with their oral hygiene is of the utmost importance to maintain their comfort, energy and good health.

What are the signs of dental problems in cats and dogs?

Tartar accumulation, inflamed/swollen gums, bad breath, bleeding, or even changes in appetite and eating habits (e.g. difficulty and pain while chewing) are some of the warning signs that you should look out for. If you notice any of these manifestations, please contact our team so that we can reduce your pet’s discomfort and identify the underlying health issues they may have.

What types of canine and feline dental services are offered at your hospital?

Our team provides dental scaling and polishing, dental radiographs, and dental extractions – all of which are performed under general anesthesia. We also offer preventive care counselling with tooth brushing demonstrations and provide a range of oral supplements and dental diets that are part of daily oral hygiene care.

What is involved in a dental cleaning procedure?

Different patients may require additional steps; but typical dental cleaning procedures begin with administering full general anesthesia to your pet. By doing so, this both controls pain and stress, as well as allows the dental cleaning to be performed as efficiently as possible. Then, dental radiographs, charting, scaling, polishing and an assessment for any areas that need further treatment are conducted.

How often should I brush my dog’s/ my cat’s teeth?

We know it can be a challenge in terms of time and effort, but we recommend brushing your pet’s teeth daily. With training and consistency, you can get your pet accustomed to their regular dental routine.

Why is oral and dental health important?

Oral health is one of the key markers of your pet’s health. Manifestations of oral or dental problems can result in or be caused by other health problems and conditions. For this reason, it is vital that your dog, cat or other pet has an appropriate oral hygiene program. Diet, supplements, appropriate chew items, and regular brushing work in combination with regular oral exams and dental cleanings to protect not only your pet’s oral health, but their overall wellness.


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Last updated: September 3, 2021

Dear Clients,

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


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

Note: Priority will be given to urgent or sick pets, as well as time-sensitive puppy/kitten vaccinations.



If you wish to connect with a veterinarian via message, phone or video, visit our website and follow the "Online Consultation" link.


We are OPEN with the following hours:

Monday : Tuesday: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Wednesday : Thursday: 9:00 am - 7:00 pm
Friday: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Saturday: 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
Sunday: CLOSED

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

- Your dedicated team at Bow River Veterinary Centre