Dental Care

Aside from making them look picture-perfect, staying on top of your pet’s dental health and hygiene will prevent them from experiencing unnecessary pain and discomfort. Periodontal disease is one of the most common dental issues in pets that can be easily prevented with regular cleanings and exams. If your pet is long overdue for a dental check, please call us at 902.543.5602.

How often should my pet’s teeth be cleaned by the vet?

We recommend your pet comes to the hospital for a full exam and cleaning at least once per year. Now, your veterinarian may recommend even more frequent cleanings depending on your pet’s situation. For example, smaller dog breeds usually need semi-annual cleanings.

Why do smaller dog breeds need more frequent cleanings?

In the veterinary world, we notice that smaller dog breeds are more prone to developing infections, cavities and other dental problems. One of the speculated reasons for this is that because of their smaller heads, mouths and jaws, there is less space between teeth making it easier for bacteria to collect and build up.

What kind of dental services do you offer for pets?

A typical dental visit will include a complete dental examination, teeth cleaning (including under the gum line), teeth polishing to take away plaque, and any emergency extractions needed. This will be performed by one of our veterinarians with the help of our veterinary technicians.


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Last updated: May 5, 2022.

Dear Clients,

We are happy to welcome all clients back inside our hospital! Here is what to expect when you visit our hospital:

1. Face masks are now only required in the exam rooms.

2. Please email your order request to prescriptions@southshorevetservices.ca as our phone lines are very busy. Please include your pet’s name, the client name on file and the phone number on file as well as specific medications/food needed. We require 24 business hours for processing prescription refills.

3. We are now allowing clients to come in to the hospital to pick up orders that require payment.

Thank you for your patience and understanding. We are looking forward to seeing you all again.

- The team at South Shore Veterinary Hospital