Dental Care and My Pet

Caring for your pet’s teeth is an essential part of keeping your pet healthy. Left untreated, conditions such as periodontal disease and tooth resorption can lead to serious health risks, pain, and infection.

At Shelden Vet, we help you develop a sound strategy for your pet’s oral care and provide several important services including:


Dental Cleanings

Dental equipment

Each time we examine your pet, we will assess his or her oral health. We take into account your cat or dog’s history including prior dental procedures, diet, chewing habits, and past medical treatments.

When determining the need for a cleaning, we consider the following factors:

  • Amount of tartar accumulation
  • Overall pet health (dental cleanings require an anesthetic)
  • Financial implications

Our team will also take before and after photos of your pet’s teeth and perform a dental score. This scoring system provides a numerical assessment of your cat or dog’s oral health and is useful in determining how to proceed with your pet’s dental care.

Once the assessment is complete, our team will recommend any follow-up procedures or treatments that may be appropriate. At Shelden Vet, we understand that no decision is a small one when considering the health of your pet, and we encourage you to ask questions. We welcome the opportunity to sit down and discuss all the options available to you and your family.

Preventive Care

While there are a number of preventive measures (PDF) that support your cat’s or dog’s oral health, brushing your pet’s teeth is the single most effective thing you can do. By regularly removing plaque and tartar, you not only improve your pet’s overall health, you may also reduce the frequency of required dental cleanings, saving you both time and money. We also recommend incorporating C.E.T. pet chews and Hill’s Healthy Advantage into your pet’s regular diet as effective ways to support your cat or dog’s dental health.

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