PetMed Animal Health Center

2400 Gateway Dive
Dubuque, IA 52003



We have all heard the term "doggy breath" and just assume that it's a thing all dogs have! However, bad breath in dogs and cats is actually a sign of an unhealthy mouth. The cause of bad breath is bacteria and over time, the build-up of bacteria leads to plaque and tarter on the teeth. If left untreated, an unhealthy mouth can lead to many complications such as heart, liver, and kidney disease. It is recommended that your pet get annual dental cleanings to prevent these complications from occurring.

If you notice the following symptoms, please call us to set up an exam: 

Bad Breath

Reddened Gums

Excessive Drooling

Soreness When Eating/ Refusal To Eat Dry Food

Loose or Missing Teeth

Visible Tartar


Once your pet is safely under anesthesia, an endotracheal tube is placed to prevent aspiration. Your pet's teeth will be cleaned and any extractions that are needed will be done. All teeth are then polished and fluoride is applied.

The pictures below show the effectiveness of dental cleanings!