Yonge Street Animal Hospital
2586 Yonge Street
Toronto, ON M4P 2J3
(On Yonge Between Eglinton & Lawrence)
Toronto Veterinary Clinic
To schedule your next veterinary appointment or check-up call 647-846-6806 or complete our vet appointment request form and we will contact you within one business day.
Taking care of your pet's teeth, particularly for dogs is a necessary part of general pet healthcare and management. As with humans, oral health is paramount to overall good health. A cleaning regimen and regular oral examinations are the first step in protection and care and brushing your best furry friend's teeth, while optimal, may not always be possible.
As with humans, dog's have two sets of teeth, upper and lower. While humans primarily depend on strong teeth for eating, for dogs, teeth also facilitate grooming and defense. And like humans, baby teeth fall out and are replaced by adult teeth. We share in common canine teeth or incisors or fangs.
Gum disease in dogs or pets travels a similar path to that of humans in the sense that decay and disease can be in evidence early in life and progress to becoming debilitating and affecting overall healthcare. Early warning signs of oral disease in your canine companion may include bad doggy breath, excessive drooling, inflamed gums, tumors or growths, and teeth that are loose or fall out.
It makes sense then that a general exam of your pet will also include oral health. Beyond the oral and physical exam components, your vet will also listen to both the heart and lungs (breathing) to ensure no underlying issues. And finally, your vet will palpate or feel specific areas of the animal including but not limited to the pulse, lymph nodes, legs, abdomen and other areas around the kidneys, stomach and liver.
On discovering progressive and severe gum disease, your vet may recommend cleaning in a clinic environment with your pet under anaethesia. While surgery of any sort or putting your pet "under" possesses inherent risks, post-cleaning you can expect quality of life for your pet will not in any way be impeded. Careful maintenance, management and monitoring to ensure against infection are the post-treatment protocol.
In addition to cleaning and management, chew toys and hard food also play an assisting role in management your dog's overall oral health.
To schedule your Toronto veterinary clinic, Yonge Street Animal Hospital appointment or should you have a question about any veterinary including dentistry or emergency veterinary clinic procedure please contact us at 647-846-6806 or complete our veterinary appointment form. We offer early morning, late evening Saturday morning hours for your convenience.