MaryLou lends a reassuring hand to dental patient while Annie from Pet Dental Services performs a routine dental cleaning.

MaryLou lends a reassuring hand to dental patient while Annie from Pet Dental Services performs a routine dental cleaning.

Just imagine how your teeth would look and feel if you did not brush daily — so much for a second date! Pets also suffer from bad breath and unsightly tartar build-up when routine dental care is neglected. Many pet owners aren’t aware that bad breath may be a symptom of serious gum disease and joke that Fluffy needs a breath mint.

Hi! I am Mary Lou. As a kid growing up, we had a cockapoo who lived to be 18 but only had a handful of teeth left. We thought this was perfectly normal — dogs got old, their teeth fell out. Working at Founders, I learned that’s not true!

For the past five years, I have supervised our Non-Anesthesia Dental Program. At Founders, we feel fortunate to be able to offer dental cleaning without anesthesia as part of your pet’s overall health program. After extensive interviews, we found a group of specially trained dental technicians we trust to provide your pet with proper routine dental cleaning.

Our dental technicians have the capability to perform a thorough teeth cleaning, including sub-gingival scaling as well as machine polishing. Their patience and gentle handling are what make them so successful at gaining the complete trust and confidence of both cats and dogs. If needed, we can administer a mild sedative for those pets that need a little help to make it through the dental cleaning.

A word of warning: be sure your pet is receiving proper dental care from qualified personnel by working together with your veterinarian. Unfortunately, anyone can claim to have teeth cleaning experience and offer such a service with NO qualifications! Comprehensive dental care requires strict veterinary supervision. Don’t risk your pet’s health or safety for low cost dental hygiene services offered at pet stores, grooming shops, and other non-veterinary places of business.

To see if your pet qualifies for teeth cleaning without anesthesia, please schedule a complementary dental exam with one of our doctors.  Pet’s with advanced dental disease that may require necessary extractions are not candidates for this program. The doctor will determine the best course of treatment after your pet’s dental check-up.

Remember this wise old saying: “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.”  And maybe all your pet’s teeth, too!