Gold-Standard Dentistry

A keystone of health for dogs and cats.

You work hard to maintain your pearly whites, but your pet cannot do the same for themselves. That is why it is up to you (and us) to keep your pet’s mouth clean. At Columbia Pike Animal Hospital and Emergency Center in Annandale, we consider pet dental care to be essential to companion animal wellness,

Which is why we offer cat and dog teeth cleaning and other services to our patients. Your pet’s oral hygiene can say a lot about their overall health, which can easily be affected by bacteria that has accumulated in the mouth. Call us at (703) 256-8414 to make a dental appointment today! 

Our Dental Services

We want all of our patients to have clean, healthy mouths, which is why we provide a variety of exceptional pet dental care services here in Annandale but offer dental packages, as well. Our list of dental services includes:

  • Dental exams
  • Dental cleanings (with ultrasonic scaler)
  • Teeth polishing (to resist plaque buildup)
  • Digital dental imaging to look for damage below the gum line
  • Recommendation of dental supplements with major oral issues due to age, genetics, or poor health
  • Teeth brushing demonstrations

Our Pet Dental Package

Our Dental Package covers:
  • Full dental exam
  • Administration of IV fluids during dental cleaning 
  • Scaling and polishing with an ultrasonic scaler and high-speed polisher
  • Daytime hospitalization
  • Monitoring through recovery by technicians

*Extractions, dental X-rays, and other additional services are not included in the dental package.

Why Pets Need Routine Dental Care

Many cats and dogs suffer from some form of gum disease, which can begin affecting pets as early as age 3, according to the American Veterinary Dental College. Gum disease occurs when plaque and tartar buildup spreads beneath the gum line. This can lead to loose teeth, bone loss, and diseases of the heart, lungs, and kidneys, should bacteria from the mouth enter the bloodstream. Signs of gum disease include:

  • Excessive drooling
  • Loose or broken teeth
  • Bad breath
  • Red, inflamed gums
  • Facial swelling
  • Difficulty eating/chewing
  • Pawing at the mouth
  • Decreased appetite

Fortunately, gum disease can easily be prevented with daily teeth brushings and regularly-scheduled cat and dog teeth cleanings here in Annandale. It is best to start your pet early with teeth brushing, so they more quickly become accustomed to the process. If you need help brushing your pet’s teeth, give us a call at (703) 256-8414