Anoka MN Pet Dental Care for Health & Long Life

Proper pet dental care may add as much as 5 years to the life of your dog or cat. At Rum River Veterinary Clinic, we offer a full array of pet dental services, from cat and dog teeth cleaning, to dental surgical procedures, to training owners to provide pet dental care at home.

Pet Dental Care For Ramsey Area Pets

Pet dental care begins with a good oral exam once or twice per year and regular cleanings to prevent tooth decay and gum disease, which can lead to even more serious illness. Some of the negative consequences of not being aware of your pet’s oral hygiene may include the following:

  • Poor nutrition due to inability to grind or chew foods
  • Weight loss
  • Damage to heart, kidney, or liver from bacterial infections
  • Bad breath
  • Chronic pain
  • Behavior changes

At our clinic, your pet will receive a thorough teeth cleaning and oral exam. When indicated, we also have the capability to perform dental x-rays, tooth extractions, biopsies, gingivectomies, and other oral surgeries. These are all safe and humane procedures performed while your pet is anesthetized. We use the safest and most gentle anesthesia available. Our dental patients receive pre-surgical blood work, IV fluids, and continuous monitoring by certified veterinary technicians throughout the procedure to keep every pet safe and healthy. We also tailor our anesthetic protocol to meet the needs of each patient. In cases where pain management is necessary, we use the safest and most effective medication available to ensure your pet’s comfort.

Regular cleaning of your pet’s teeth is the first step to a strong home dental care program. For help in this area, you may enjoy the WebMD Pet Health website, which offers a video demonstration in How To Brush Your Dog’s Teeth and the comprehensive article Ten Steps to Cat Dental Health. For more information on getting started with your pet’s home dental care regime, read the AAHA teeth brushing article.

When examining the inside of your pet’s mouth, we are looking for healthy gums, intact teeth, and any abnormalities. The following are indicators of serious problems:

  • Broken or discolored teeth
  • Refusal to eat, especially dry food
  • Increase in drooling
  • Pawing the muzzle
  • Bad breath
  • Discharge from nose/mouth
  • Swelling or sores on the face, jaw, or around eyes
  • Lumps or sores in the mouth
  • Refusal to play with chew toys
  • Sudden changes in behavior

If your pet is exhibiting one of these, or any other, worrisome symptom or behavior, call our office at once.

We are pleased to explain all of our dental services and address any concerns you may have about such treatment at your visit.

Read more about pet dental care at the AAHA website. In addition, various organizations offer in-depth information on this subject, such as the American Veterinary Dental College and the Academy of Veterinary Dentistry.

"Thank you guys so much for all your care over the years for our pets. They could not have been in better hands and we are so grateful."

– P.H.

"Your kindness and concern for animal welfare is appreciated."

– J.T.

"Words are not enough to express my appreciation for your compassion and the way you and your assistant handled such a very difficult time for me."

– C.F.

"We wanted to let you know how much we appreciated your kindness and tender care."

– L.S.

"Thanks for being the best listeners in the medical profession. You have all been so kind during my pet’s thyroid treatment."

– C.D.

"We wish to thank you for being a very important part of our lives. For with you we are able to care for our children as we do."

– E.B.

"We would like to take this opportunity to express our sincere thanks and appreciation for all your excellent care and the concern you gave to us. We will never forget your kindness."

– B.P.

"It’s wonderful to go to a pet clinic where the employees and vets care so much about the animals. You are all so patient and thorough in explanations and service. Thank you all for your love for our animals‚ it’s a blessing."

– T.R.

"I want to thank you for the care you gave to my little dog. I know that you did everything that you could do for her. I also want to thank you for the kindness and support that you gave me. You made a difficult time more bearable and I’m so grateful to you all."

– J.B.

"Thank you so much for all your help. We truly appreciate you, your caring attitude and your willingness to allow us to nurse her at home."

– D.T.

"Thanks for the encouragement, patience and expertise that made our dogs operation a success. Your cheerful attitudes and special treatment of our dog make our trips to Anoka worthwhile."

– J.S.

"I really appreciate the quality of care you give and the feeling that you truly care what happens to the animals."

– D.C.

"Thank you all for the wonderful care you have given our animals. We treat them as our kids and know that you do also."

– K.H.

"The Rum River Veterinary Clinic is a special place‚ because you DO take the time to care."

– J.H.

"Thank you to you and your staff for your excellent loving and patient care. You are sincerely appreciated."

– T.H.