Dental Care

Pets need dental care, too! 

Just like humans, dogs and cats need regular dental care that includes at-home maintenence, regular professional cleanings, and oral health examinations.  Dental disease doesn’t just affect oral and tooth health, it can cause disease in other organs, including the heart, kidneys, and liver.

In order to perform a complete oral health procedure (OHP) safely and painlessly, your pet will require general anesthesia.  Please see our Surgery page for more information on anesthesia at Kittanning Veterinary Hospital.


Margaret performs an oral health procedure

Your pet’s examination will be much like a visit to your own dentist!  During your pet’s OHP, our trained technician will remove tartar and plaque buildup from the teeth using an ultrasonic scaler and hand tools.  Then the teeth will be polished smooth with toothpaste to decrease future plaque accumulation.  Next, each tooth will be examined individually for signs of disease.  Severely loose or diseased teeth may be removed to reduce pain.  A doctor will examine other areas of the mouth and throat for signs of disease.  Finally, the mouth will be rinsed clean, and your pet will then recover from anesthesia quietly and comfortably!

Preventative care at home includes daily toothbrushing, special dental chews, oral rinses or water additives, and special diets for oral health.  Ask us about these options!

Kittanning Veterinary Hospital