Dental Care Services for Pets

Did you know that bad breath or doggy breath is not normal, and is actually a sign of poor dental health in pets? To this day, many pet parents still believe this common myth. Here at Edgemont Veterinary Hospital, one of our missions is to help owners keep their pet’s teeth as healthy as possible, because poor oral health can lead to infection and other issues that affect a patient’s overall wellbeing. Regular check-ups, dental cleanings and a proper home care routine will help keep your pet’s teeth in good shape all throughout their life. To learn more about dental disease prevention and management for overall health, please call us at 403.239.4657.

What happens during a dental check-up and cleaning for pets?

During a proper exam and clean up by veterinary teams like ours, your pet’s teeth will be visually examined for any signs of disease. Then, we will proceed with cleaning, scaling and polishing of the teeth, with surgical extractions if recommended. This is done under general anesthetic to protect the airway from bacteria and debris. Anesthesia allows for complete and comfortable evaluation and treatment as needed of your pet’s mouth, 360 degrees around each tooth and area.

What are cosmetic dental cleanings for pets?

Please beware of establishments who offer cosmetic or anesthesia-free dental cleanings. These are not medical-grade procedures and do not properly clean below the gum line. On the surface, your pet’s teeth may look clean, but plaque, tartar buildup and inflammation are hidden beneath the gum line. In fact, they undermine proper medical cleanings and may hide symptoms of dental disease in your pet.

What is periodontal disease?

This is the inflammation of the tissues surrounding your pet’s teeth and gums. As with humans, periodontal dental disease impacts not only doggie breath, but the bone and tissues supporting the teeth, and the body as a whole when pain and infections are not addressed.


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Last updated: November 19, 2021

Dear valued clients,

We appreciate your patience and understanding while navigating these past 2 years together. Due to the high increase in positive COVID-19 cases we have returned to locked door/curbside policy effective January 4, 2022.

Only pets will be allowed in the clinic. Owners are asked to please stay in the parking lot while pets are being seen.

We ask that you follow these guidelines to ensure your visit is safe for yourselves, your pet, other clients and our staff:

  • When you arrive in our parking lot for an appointment, please remain in your vehicle and call (403)239-4657. After speaking with the vet one of our team members will meet you on the sidewalk outside the hospital to bring your pet inside. Please wear a mask when engaging with staff.
  • You must remain in the parking lot while we treat your pet. Doctors may be calling from an unknown number to discuss findings, please make sure you can receive such calls.
  • Please continue to follow the social distancing guidelines of two meters distance between yourself and other clients or staff
  • For food and mediation pick up please call the clinic when you have arrived and one of our staff members will let you know when to meet them outside the door for pick up. Please call ahead to place your orders.
  • Please give us a minimum of 2 business days for orders of food and medication to arrive.
  • Payment over the phone with credit/debit is preferred.
  • If you are experiencing any symptoms or have been out of the country in the last 10 days, please reschedule your appointment or send someone else to bring in your pet. Please ensure that the designated person is registered in our files.
  • We will continue to watch the guidelines posted from the Alberta government and will update our clients as needed if these protocols are to change.

    Thank you for your continued trust in us.

    - Your dedicated team at Edgemont Veterinary Clinic