Dr Kelly’s performs hundreds of low cost, affordable, and convenient dental care surgeries per month. We know the heath of your pet is on your list of priorities so we make it ours too. Cost and time can be major factors when considering the right service for your pet. That’s why we have many convenient locations available near you and create transparent pricing estimates you can depend on.
There is more to a pet dental than just the cleaning of teeth. It takes considerable effort to give your pet the care they need while ensuring the best possible outcome. Many pets have unknown dental disease that require extractions and the older the pet and the fewer cleanings they have had, the more likely severe disease has set in. We take all that into consideration when creating a custom estimate for you. In our experience, having helped thousands of dental patients like yours, we have the experience you can trust.
There’s no getting around it. Pets need dental care to live a long and healthy life. According to the American Veterinary Dental Society 80% of dogs and 70% of cats by the age 3 show signs of periodontal disease. Periodontal (gum) disease is one of the most common conditions seen in pets today. The problem begins when plaque and tartar are allowed to build up on your pet’s teeth.
Plaque harbors the bacteria, which can infect gum tissue and the roots of teeth, resulting in disease and tooth loss. Besides the negative impact on the oral health, bacteria can enter the blood stream through the large blood vessels located near the gums and teeth. At this stage, the organs with the highest blood flow are most susceptible to infections: lungs, heart, kidneys, liver and even the brain. Damage to these organs caused by infection can shorten the lives of our pets.
We are the Top Rated and Reviewed dog teeth cleaning vet in the Phoenix, Tucson, and Peoria, AZ areas where we service our customers.
Warning Signs of Dental Disease:
- Bad breath – one of the first signs of dental disease.
- A yellowish-brown crust of plaque on the teeth near the gum line.
- Visible pus or discharge
- Red and swollen gums.
- Pain or bleeding when your pet eats or when the mouth or gums are touched.
- Decreased appetite or diffculty eating.
- Loose or missing teeth.
- Pawing at the mouth
If your pet displays any of these signs, serious periodontal disease may be present.
NOTE: Your pet does not need to show any of these signs to be suffering from dental disease.
Our doctors are excellent at performing low-cost dental cleanings and discussing preventative dental care. Call today for a quote on having your pet’s teeth cleaned!
NOTE: All our dental surgery estimates include: Estimated extraction costs based on your pets ages, breed condition as described to us, pre-anesthetic exam and evaluation, anesthesia, ultrasonic scaling, oral charting, dental probe, clean and fluoride polish, antibiotic & pain injection.
Can I have Dr. Kelly’s perform just the cleaning but not remove the diseased teeth (extractions)?
NO – We cannot perform a proper quality procedure without removing the diseased areas as needed. You would not ask us to remove part of a cancerous mass while letting some of mass remain. That being said, we have both your pet and your finances in mind and if there are some lightly compromised teeth with decent functionality remaining the doctor may elect to save these teeth for the pets greater benefit ultimately creating cost savings for you.
How often does Dr. Kelly’s Recommend I get my pet’s teeth cleaned?
Adult dogs & cats should be seen by their veterinarian at least once per year. Small and brachycephalic dog breeds may require more frequent cleanings once every six months due to shallow roots and the dental problems that come with them, including overcrowding and dental deformities.
We will send you a yearly reminder after your pet’s dental procedure to schedule the next treatment.
When should I start getting my dog’s teeth cleaned by Dr. Kelly’s?
There isn’t a one-size-fits-all answer to this question. Your dog or cat should be fully grown and healthy enough to undergo anesthesia. Two years is the ideal age for the first cleaning, particularly for small breeds. Reach out and we can discuss your specific pet and needs.
According to the American Veterinary Dental College, most dogs and cats show signs of dental disease by the age of three. If left unchecked, common dental problems such as persistent bad breath can lead to severe dental disease.
What can I expect from a Dr. Kelly’s Low-Cost dental procedure?
Anesthesia is required to deep clean your dog’s teeth and prevent disease.
First, for pets over 10 we will require pre-operative bloodwork. However, we do recommend pre operative bookwork for pets at any age but we understand this may create an additional unexpected cost.
During the procedure, we will monitor your pet’s vital signs and use dental instruments to polish the teeth and remove plaque and tartar from underneath the gums.
After the procedure, your dog will remain in recovery until the anesthesia wears off. On the return home, your dog will likely be lethargic and thirsty due to the mild side effects of the anesthesia.
How to tell if your dog has dental disease?
See the list described above Warning Signs of Dental Disease.
How can I keep my pet’s teeth healthy between cleanings?
Most dogs and cats will have all their adult teeth by the age of six months. Ideally, you should start at-home dental care around this time. The earlier you start, the easier the process for both you and your pet. Starting later in life often is met with resistance from your pet.
Here are a few ways you can keep your buddy’s teeth pearly and white:
Dr. Kelly’s Tips for proper dental health:
Many pet parents, particularly those with stubborn or independent fur-babies, will balk at this suggestion. The key is to start brushing as soon as “pawssible” using a finger brush and a tasty doggy toothpaste. Some toothpaste varieties come in yummy flavors like chicken, fish and beef.
Brushing your pet’s teeth can go a long way toward preventing dental disease. Some pets resist brushing, but most eventually accept it, especially if you start a brushing routine when your pet is young (10 weeks to 10 months). Aim at brushing your pet’s teeth once a day or at least 3 times a week.
- Step 1: Choose a pet tooth paste your pet likes. Please do not use human tooth paste or tooth brushes (Human toothpaste may be toxic in pets if ingested, and human toothbrushes are too big usually for their mouths). Place a small amount of toothpaste on your finger, and offer it to your pet daily for several days as a reward or treat. This will condition your pet to view brushing as fun and rewarding. Once your pet accepts toothpaste as a reward, use your index finger to stimulate the brushing motion of a toothbrush, while praising the pet and giving the daily dose of flavored toothpaste.
- Step 2: In five to seven days introduce a soft bristled pet toothbrush. Apply a small bit of the flavored pet toothpaste at the beginning and end to reinforce the conditioned behavior. Position the brush at a 45-degree angle to the TEETH. Make small circular motions beginning at the back of YOUR pet’s teeth moving forward and around to the other side. Eight to ten strokes are sufficient for any given area.
Treat your buddy with dental chews and toys. The act of chewing removes plaque from your pup’s teeth. When purchasing a dental chew, scan the ingredients list for artificial colors and other potentially harmful ingredients. We recommend steering clear of rawhide bones, which are difficult for dogs to digest and present a choking hazard.
Examine your dog’s diet. Commercial dog foods that are rich in starch can be bad for your buddy’s teeth — and their tummy. Also, if you’re going to treat your dog to table food, stick with crunchy, nutrient-rich foods like raw carrots, green beans, and celery. (In fact, celery acts as a doggy breath freshener!) Be sure any table treats are unseasoned.
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