PetMed Animal Health Center

2400 Gateway Dive
Dubuque, IA 52003


Dental Care

We have all heard the term "doggy breath" and we just assume it is a thing that all dogs have! Despite that belief, bad breath in dogs and cats is actually a sign of an unhealthy mouth. The cause of the bad breath is bacteria and over time, the build up of bacteria leads to plaque and tarter buildup on the teeth. If left untreated with the regular dental cleaning, the buildup of that bacteria can lead to many complications with your pets health such as heart, liver, and kidney disease. A doctor will check for these during your pet's yearly exam, but if the following symptoms are noticed at anytime in between, please call to set up and exam to get a dental cleaning scheduled! It is also recommended, unless instructed otherwise by a doctor, that your pet get annual dental cleanings.

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 put under anesthesia after performing the pre-anesthetic safety package that we offer, an endotracheal tube is placed to prevent aspiration. Your pet's teeth will then be cleaned with a hand scaler and an ultra-sonic scaler. Any extractions that are needed will be done. All of the teeth are then polished to prevent further tartar build up and fluoride is applied. 

See pictures below showing how effective dental cleanings are!