Dental Care

Dental Care For Your Pet

Dental care is an important part of your pet’s health. If allowed to progress, dental disease can cause oral pain, difficulty eating, and severe halitosis.

Severe dental disease can also lead to systemic disease related to oral bacteria entering the bloodstream and causing damage to the kidneys, heart and liver. Lake Veterinary Clinic provides dental prophylaxis(cleaning and polishing) under general anesthesia. This includes an oral exam, ultrasonic scaling, polishing and extraction of infected nonviable teeth. Common signs of dental disease include:

  • Persistent bad breath
  • Tartar and plaque buildup
  • Red, swollen gums
  • Pain or bleeding when your pet eats or gums are touched
  • Pawing at the mouth
  • Decreased appetite or difficulty eating
  • Loose or missing teeth

Please contact us if you notice any of these problems.


Anesthesia protocol is decided at the time of surgery and based on individual patient needs. Ensuring the health and safety of your pet during surgery is of the utmost importance to us and requires an anesthetic and monitoring regimen that adheres to the highest principles and ideals of veterinary medicine. Pre-anesthetic bloodwork is offered for all patients prior to surgery. Anesthesia is based on history, breed, pre-existing conditions and age are used to create an individualized protocol for your pet. We offer many safe choices for injectable anesthetics for induction and use isoflurane or sevoflurane inhalant anesthetics for maintenance. Pre and post operative pain medication is available for elective procedures and included in more involved or painful procedures. Again our goal is to provide quality and safe anesthesia and pain management, so your pet goes home comfortable and recovers safely from its surgery.