Dentistry Services

When your pet arrives at the hospital on the day of his or her dental prophy, they will be examined by one of our doctors to make sure they are healthy, to undergo the anesthetic and procedure planned for the day. Once the doctor completes a full physical exam, the recommended pre anesthetic blood work will be drawn by one of the registered veterinary technicians (RVT). Your pet will also receive an anti-nausea injection to help with the effects of the other medications being administered throughout the day which will last for 24 hrs. After the bloodwork is evaluated and the doctor determines the values are acceptable, we can go ahead with the procedure. One of the RVTs will place an intravenous (IV) catheter, they are started on iv fluids, a sedation given and your pet will be prepped for anesthesia. Throughout the entire procedure an RVT will be observing your pet’s vital signs along with using multiple monitoring machines to assist them.

At Allandale we have a digital dental radiograph machine. Intraoral radiographs are a very important part of a dentistry procedure because they can show the doctor aspects of your pets’ periodontal disease that cannot be seen just by an oral examination. Dental health that can only be seen below the gum line with radiographs would include; feline resorptive lesions, root fractures and periodontal pockets. After the RVT finishes taking all recommended intraoral radiographs, the doctor will examine them and make notes of areas of concern.


The RVT will then begin cleaning his or her teeth. An ultrasonic scaler is used to remove all calculus and tartar on the teeth (This scaler vibrates at an enormous speed and disintegrates the calculus into tiny pieces that wash away). Once the teeth are clean it makes it easier for your doctor to assess gingival pocket depths and teeth abnormalities more accurately. If there is a need for any extractions, the doctor will perform them. Once all extractions are completed, the technician will finish by polishing and rinsing the teeth. Now that your pets’ dental is complete, they are then moved to the recovery area where they will be monitored closely by the recovery ward technician under warm blankets until they are able to return them to their kennel.

Not sure if your pet needs a dental prophy? You can visit any one of our veterinarians for an oral exam, and they can generate an estimate for you and your pet.

After a cleaning is performed we highly recommend Hill’s T/D food. It comes in a dry formula only, because it helps keep tartar quite low as a maintenance to help prolong the next cleaning.

Hill’s nutritionists & veterinarians developed Prescription Diet® t/d® clinical nutrition especially formulated to support your dog’s dental health. In fact, t/d is clinically proven nutrition to reduce plaque, stain, & tartar buildup.

Kibble Size
Fiber matrix resists crumbling. Kibble engulfs tooth and fibers clean the tooths surface.
Antioxidants Added Defend cells from free radical oxidation, promoting a healthy immune system.
Protein Reduced Limits a component of plaque.
Calcium Reduced Limits the mineralization of plaque to tartar.

How It Works:

  • Unique kibble shape & size
  • Special fiber matrix technology
  • Complete & balanced nutrition

How It Helps:

  • Cleans the tooth surface
  • Fights bacteria-laden plaque
  • Promotes overall health
  • Recommended for lifelong feeding of adult dogs