Dentistry

By taking care of your pet's teeth and gums, you can help them live a long, healthy, and happy life.

dentistry

A Silent Epidemic

The hidden crisis of periodontal disease affects up to 80% of pets by age three, silently undermining their health and comfort. It often goes unnoticed, as many pets instinctively hide their pain, making a professional dental examination an essential step in uncovering and addressing hidden ailments.

The Power of Prevention

Prevention is the cornerstone of our dental care philosophy. Regular check-ups and cleanings are more than routine; they’re a proactive shield against complications, extending your pet’s health and vitality. Recognize the subtle signs – reluctance to chew, bad breath, or a paw at the face – and remember, a pet’s silence often masks their need for care.

Diagnostic Precision

Through comprehensive examinations and modern dental x-ray imaging technology, our veterinarians unveil the unseen, ensuring no aspect of your pet’s oral health is left to chance. Early detection is key, turning potential challenges into manageable steps towards recovery and well-being.

Tailored Treatment & Education

Each treatment is a testament to personalized care, addressing the unique needs of your pet with precision and compassion. But our commitment doesn’t end there – we empower you with guidance to slow the progression of dental disease over time and make dental care a shared journey to a lifetime of healthy smiles.

Testimonials

What Our Clients Say

Jessica Penner
Jessica Penner
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"It’s going to be hard to top the amazing care at Petzoic! The team is amazing, knowledgeable and when you are all finished, you are confident that your pet had the gold standard of Veterinary care. The prices are very reasonable. I was SHOCKED to find out that it is privately owned by a group of Calgary residents! It’s nice to support local instead of a huge corporation. Highly recommend this Hospital! OH, and check out Petfinity too! These folks have literally thought of everything! 5 Stars!"
Shara Murray
Shara Murray
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"Timmy and Lexi had their initial appointments with the exceptional staff today! It was the most thorough examination they’ve ever received, and I’m grateful for switching to this outstanding facility. From the front desk to the vet and all the technicians, I’m confident my pups are in very capable hands."
Stephanie Jane
Stephanie Jane
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"Awesome vet. So gentle and friendly. The vet made sure to properly introduce himself to Luna before he started. Very reasonable pricing. Thank you so much. Luna is already doing better."
Alyssa Hilts
Alyssa Hilts
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"Petzoic is an incredible facility! A thoughtfully designed space with an amazing spot next door to make going to the vet a fun and memorable experience for both you and your pet. The equipment and veterinary space are like nothing I have seen before. State of the art equipment, extremely clean, and truly setting the bar high for what a Veterinary hospital experience can look like. This is not your average vet hospital!"
Maeve M
Maeve M
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"Incredible veterinary clinic with some of the best technology and staff. I had the ability to tour the facility upon their grand opening and it truly is an amazing facility. 10/10 would recommend taking your animals here for care!"
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"Had a dental done here on my dachshund. Very happy with the vet team, they did a great job."
Braydn Smith
Braydn Smith
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"Took care of my cat amazingly… also have you seen the dog park ?! It’s wild check it out"
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Frequently Asked Questions​

While it’s a common belief that hard food and chewing bones can clean your pet’s teeth, it’s not a substitute for regular dental care. Imagine telling your dentist that you only eat crunchy foods and never brush your teeth – they certainly wouldn’t be thrilled with your dental hygiene! Just like us, the best way to prevent periodontal disease in pets is through daily tooth brushing. This routine, which is crucial for overall health, removes plaque and helps maintain healthy gums and teeth, just as it does for humans.

Absolutely. Dental disease isn’t just a concern for your pet’s mouth; it can have far-reaching effects on their overall health. When bacteria from dental infections find their way into the bloodstream, they can travel to vital organs – the heart, liver, and kidneys – potentially causing serious complications. Regular dental care, including cleanings and check-ups, plays a crucial role in not only maintaining your pet’s oral health but also in protecting their general well-being. By keeping dental disease at bay, you’re taking a significant step toward ensuring a longer, healthier life for your pet.

While ‘anesthesia-free dentistry’ might seem less invasive, it fails to meet the rigorous standards of care set by the American Veterinary Dental College and our practice. Recognizing its limitations, some states have even deemed this practice illegal. Despite advertisements suggesting otherwise, professional dental cleaning and accurate evaluation cannot be thoroughly and safely performed without general anesthesia. Here’s why:

Safety with Instruments: Dental procedures involve sharp instruments to remove tartar. Any slight movement by the pet could lead to injuries to both the patient and the operator.

Below the Gum Line Cleaning: It’s impossible to clean below the gumline without anesthesia. Tartar beneath the gums is a primary cause of dental disease, and its removal is critical. Cleaning only the visible surfaces gives a false impression of health, while disease below the gumline continues unnoticed.

Airway Protection: General anesthesia involves intubation, which protects your pet’s airway from the inhalation of tartar and bacteria dislodged during the procedure.

Comprehensive Evaluation and X-rays: Without anesthesia, it’s not feasible to thoroughly examine all areas around each tooth or to take essential dental X-rays, meaning significant dental issues can remain undetected and untreated, posing a hidden risk to your pet’s health.

While the idea of general anesthesia may be concerning, it’s crucial for a successful and thorough dental procedure. Just as humans need to stay still and cooperate at the dentist, pets also require this level of stillness for a precise assessment and cleaning – something they can’t do while awake. Imagine asking your pet to ‘open wide and say ahh’; it simply isn’t feasible. General anesthesia makes ensures every tooth gets the attention it needs safely and effectively, just like at your own dentist.

Thermal imaging is a game-changer in veterinary care, allowing us to ‘see’ what’s beneath the surface without any discomfort to your pet. It’s particularly useful for:

Screening for Abnormalities: Regular thermal imaging can reveal early signs of issues before they become more serious, enabling proactive care.

Pinpointing Areas of Pain or Inflammation: Thermal imaging helps us identify areas of concern, guiding more targeted examinations or treatments.

Identifying Compensatory Issues: Thermal imaging allows us to see if your pet is compensating in areas other than the primary site of pain or injury, much like humans do. This insight enables us to address hidden areas of inflammation and discomfort, directing treatments like laser therapy to regions that might otherwise go unnoticed, ensuring a more comprehensive approach to your pet’s healing and comfort.

Monitoring Healing and Recovery: We can visually track how well an injury is healing or how a condition is responding to treatment, ensuring your pet is on the right path to wellness.

Concerns about age and anesthesia are common, but it’s important to remember that age itself isn’t a disease. Periodontal disease can cause significant discomfort for your pet, and addressing it is crucial for their quality of life. We conduct thorough pre-anesthetic blood work to detect any health issues and create a customized anesthetic plan tailored to your pet’s specific needs. Our veterinarians will carefully evaluate these results to ensure the utmost safety during the procedure. If any health concerns are identified, we’ll address them before proceeding with dental care, and in the meantime, we’ll manage your pet’s pain effectively. Ensuring your pet’s safety and comfort is our top priority, regardless of their age.

Just like people, every pet has their own set of dental needs, sometimes varying even from tooth to tooth. Our treatment plans are customized to match these unique requirements, focusing precisely on what your pet needs and avoiding unnecessary extras. This tailored approach not only ensures your pet’s optimal dental health but also helps prevent more complex and costly issues down the road.

 Following a consultation, including a thorough oral examination, we will provide you with a clear and detailed treatment plan. This transparency empowers you to make informed decisions, ensuring that you’re comfortable with the path forward.

Whenever we perform a dental procedure under anesthesia, it’s essential to check your pet’s mouth completely. This means looking carefully at the teeth and gums and taking X-rays of the entire mouth. Think of each tooth like an iceberg: what you see above the gum line is just a small part. Most of the tooth is hidden beneath the gums. Without X-rays, we might miss hidden problems that could cause your pet pain or health issues later.