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Dental Cleanings and Extractions

Imagine if you never brushed your teeth or had them cleaned. Pretty frightening, right? As you can imagine, things would eventually start to go very, very bad inside your mouth: teeth would rot and decay, gums would become inflamed and infected. Bacteria from those rotting teeth would eventually travel into your bloodstream and could cause other serious health problems. And we haven’t even mentioned the daily, debilitating pain that can result from a lack of pet dental care.

It’s the same scenario for your dog or cat. While some people might laugh at the idea of brushing their pet’s teeth or taking them for a dental cleaning, the fact is that by age three, 80% of dogs and 70% of cats have some evidence of periodontal disease. Periodic dental exams help maintain proper oral hygiene and prevent future problems.

Our Dental Services

Best Friends Animal Hospital offers complete pet oral health services, including:

  • Dental exams
  • Annual dental cleanings
  • Extractions

Following American Veterinary Medical Association guidelines, Best Friends Animal Hospital only does cleanings and dental work on anesthetized pets. To ensure your pet is healthy enough to undergo anesthesia, we do require a routine blood test before the procedure.

Preventive Dental Care in Grayslake, Illinois

Brushing your pet’s teeth several times per week is the best way to prevent plaque and tartar build-up. Interested in learning how to brush your pet’s teeth? Just ask and our veterinarians will be happy to help at your appointment for a professional pet dental cleaning at our highly rated animal hospital. If you have a pet that won’t tolerate brushing, our veterinary specialists can also recommend products that will help keep your pet’s mouth healthy in between cleanings.

Schedule a Dental Exam Today

To make an appointment for a dental exam or cleaning, call us at (847) 548-2626.