Protecting Your Pet's Oral Wellness

Dental care is vital to the overall health of any animal. Dental disease can lead to health issues with the heart, liver, and kidneys, and can affect the entire body through the bloodstream. In fact, 80 percent of dogs and 70 percent of cats over three years of age suffer from some form of dental disease, making it the most common pet health issue among our pet population. At The Animal Clinic, we're passionate about keeping your pet's smile shining bright and their health pawsitively purrfect. We offer a comprehensive range of dental services, tailored to your pet's unique needs.

Preventive Care

  • Thorough Oral Examinations: We meticulously assess your pet’s teeth and gums, identifying any potential issues early on.
  • Personalized Home Care Guidance: Brushing, dental chews, and dietary tips – we’ll equip you with the tools to maintain your pet’s oral hygiene between professional cleanings.
  • Nutritional Counseling: We can recommend pet-specific diets that promote good oral health.

Professional Cleanings

  • Expertly Performed by Our Compassionate Team: We prioritize gentle handling and pain management throughout the process.
  • Deep Cleaning Beyond the Surface: Reaching beneath the gum line, we remove tartar and plaque where you can’t, safeguarding your pet’s overall health.
  • Advanced Equipment and Techniques: Ensuring a thorough and efficient cleaning experience.
  • Dental Radiography: Essential for identifying the nature and severity of dental disease. 

Signs of Concern

  • Yellow or Brown Teeth
  • Bad Breath
  • Difficulty Eating
  • Excessive Drooling
  • Red or Swollen Gums

Remember, early intervention is key! If you notice any of these signs, schedule an appointment immediately.

Bringing Your Pet in for Surgery or a Dental? Here’s What You Need to Know:

Things to do prior to surgery:

If your pet goes to a groomer, or if you bathe him/her regularly, consider doing it a few days prior to the surgery, as you will be instructed to keep the incision dry following surgery.

Prepare your home for your patient. Make sure you have an area in your house ready for recovery. This could mean separating your cat/dog from other pets, getting your pet’s crate set up, and/or washing your pet’s bedding to help lower the risk of infection.

No food after 10:00 p.m. the night before surgery. To ensure your pet doesn’t eat anything, please keep them indoors, or confined, the night before surgery. No water on the morning of the surgery. Eating and drinking could cause your pet to aspirate (vomit) during anesthesia, which is potentially life-threatening.

You will receive a text/email reminder that will include the Surgery Consent form. Please take the time to fill out and submit it prior to the day of surgery, this will ensure a smoother process the morning of drop-off for you and your pet.

Check-in time is 7:30am – 8:30am the morning of the procedure.

For your pet’s safety please make sure he/she is leashed or in a carrier. Admission typically takes around 20 minutes to complete. Double-check that we have the right contact number for you so that they can reach out with any updates.

What to Expect the Day of Surgery:
  1. Your pet will be with us for one or more hours before surgery (this time will be used to do any additional testing, blood work, catheter placement, etc.) and will spend the appropriate amount of time with us recovering from surgery.
  2. Routine surgery pick-up will be same day.
  3. For orthopedics and other major surgeries, we may require your pet to stay overnight or longer depending on the procedure.
  4.  A surgery tech will call you with your pet’s update & time to pick-up. We will give you both verbal and written instructions for the post-surgery care.
Post Surgery Complications – What To Do:

If you feel that your pet is experiencing post-surgical complications, please contact us immediately at 409-763-6484.

If it outside of business hours please contact the emergency clinic. VCA Animal Emergency Hospital: 281-332-1678 located at 1108 Gulf Freeway South, Suite 280, League City, TX 77573

Concerned about Your Pet's Well-Being?

Don't wait! Contact us today to schedule an appointment.