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Veterinary Dental Care For Your Pet

Dental care is as important for dogs and cats as it is for humans. In fact, it's vital for their good health.

Periodontal disease is the most common health condition in pets. According to the American Veterinary Dental Society, 70% of cats and 80% of dogs suffer from some form of it by the time they are 2-3 years old.

In addition to decaying teeth and destroying bone, bacteria that have built up in the mouth can spread to vital organs (heart, liver, kidneys), causing serious - if not life-threatening - medical problems. Bad breath and tartar buildup are the more obvious warning signs, but the deterioration can’t always be recognized in its beginning stages, and animals can't tell you they are in pain. 

We do more than clean your pet’s teeth

That's why regular dental health evaluations are a necessary component of your pet's wellness program. Current dental exams provide a baseline for reference in case of future dental problems, and professional cleanings help prevent painful dental disease that can lead to other health issues.

If your pet is experiencing any of these symptoms, please let us know so we can perform a thorough evaluation of your pet's dental health and provide necessary treatment.  

  • Halitosis or “Bad Breath” – contrary to widely held belief, this is not normal in animals
  • Excessive Drooling — typically of foul-smelling saliva
  • Appearance of plaque or tartar, beginning along the gum line and extending down the tooth (depending on the severity)
  • Swollen, reddish gums
  • Lack of interest in chew toys
  • Discolored teeth
  • Chronic eye infections or drainage with no exact cause or cure
  • Reluctance to eat (dry food in particular) or reduced appetite
  • Broken or fractured tooth/teeth
  • Frequent, regular sneezing
  • Pawing at or rubbing the muzzle/mouth
  • Abnormal discharge from nose
  • Favoring one side of the mouth when eating
Inspecting a dog's mouth


Is your pet 7 or older? Senior pets are more prone to illness and disease, so it’s important to adjust their healthcare routines to match their changing needs. Preventive care screenings and diagnostic testing are key for older pets. Call today to make an appointment, and let’s keep them looking and feeling fabulous at every age!

Inspecting a cat's teeth

Pet Dentistry in Aurora

If your pet is having problems chewing, or even if their bad breath is knocking you over, please call us to schedule an oral exam with our veterinarian at Dugan's Veterinary Hospital. Our team provides top-notch dental care for a variety of species in Aurora and the surrounding areas.