"The World's Best Pet Dental Care Company"™
Why Clean Your Pet's Teeth?
Bad Teeth. Bad Health
It is that simple. Veterinarians now know that most dogs and cats show signs of periodontal disease by age 3. Just like humans, dogs and cats build plaque and calculus (tartar) on their teeth. These substances are often the cause of gingivitis, bad breath, tooth loss, and eating difficulties. Plaque and calculus harbor bacteria that can contribute to other local and systemic diseases. Periodontal disease may contribute to multiple medical problems such as heart,respiratory and kidney issues which impair the quality and shorten the lives of your beloved pets.
When should you start cleaning your pet's teeth?
Look for a yellow or brown build-up on the tooth surface and areas of inflammation around the gum line. Bad breath is often the first indicator of poor dental hygiene. If you are not certain of your pets dental condition please refer to the section on stages of dental disease .
How often should I clean my pet’s teeth?
The average pet over two years old should have a professional dental cleaning every 3 – 6 months. The frequency of dental cleanings depends on diet, age, health, breed and home care.
Pet owners frequently confide that they don’t have any idea what their pet’s teeth and gums should look like or how to properly care for them. We have worked with thousands of pets and have seen all levels of dental disease. You, however, only have your own pet’s teeth to look at, with nothing to compare. Perhaps you’ve been told to brush your pet’s teeth but haven’t been shown how. You may be befuddled by the abundance of dental products available-what works & why? Do you know when you need to take your pet to a dental specialist? Does diet make a difference? We hope this site helps answer your questions.
Why is Houndstooth the perfect solution?
Safe. Effective.Priced right.No Anesthesia
By regularly cleaning your pet's teeth with Houndstooth, you reduce the risk of future periodontal problems which will require more serious treatments such as extractions, a procedure which will require anesthesia.
Non-anesthetic (anesthesia free) dental cleanings are safe, affordable and an effective preventative for periodontal disease. Regular annual cleanings will improve your pets overall health.
By combining extensive training and Houndstooth’s gentle handling techniques, our certified technicians are able to effectively clean both above & below the gum line and polish while your pet remains alert & comfortable.
By eliminating the risks of anesthesia, regular dental care can be provided for most pets, including high risk breeds, pets with medical conditions and those whose guardians want to avoid anesthesia.
Does it hurt the pet?
Absolutely not. We use the same gentle approach as a pediatric dental office uses with children. We make every effort to put the pet at ease.
How do you hold the pet still?
Your pet is positioned comfortably while the technician uses our gentle relaxation techniques which allow the pet to feel safe & comfortable. We rely on our pet whispering skills to establish a trusting relationship with each pet. Even feisty pets with challenging personalities are usually very cooperative. Many even fall asleep. We do not use restraining towels or bite bars.
Can you clean under the gums ?
Yes. On most pets with normal sulcus attachment and on those with mild to moderate pocketing.
Do you polish?
Yes. Polishing removes any residual stains & minute deposits on affected surfaces. We adhere to the American Dental Hygienists protocol of Selective Coronal Polishing,
What equipment do you use?
We use an array of professional dental instruments specifically designed for each pet’s individual needs including a proprietary German made ultrasound cleaner. Painless and effective!
How does the Houndstooth procedure compare to anesthetic-based cleaning?
The results are the same for routine cleanings. Pets with behavioral issues and advanced dental conditions may have some slight compromise, but most results are 80-90%.
If your dog or cat has advanced periodontal disease, we recommend that you talk to your veterinarian for suitable solutions because in those cases, Houndstooth would not be an alternative to anesthetic-based treatments. The exception would be a quality of life Houndstooth
treatment for elderly pets.
Book a Houndstooth appointment
Book today and on your way to "best in show"!
Booking an appointment with Houndstooth is easy. The first step is to locate a veterinarian in your local area who is a registered Houndstooth Provider™. We are constantly adding new veterinary hospitals to our family where we provide full Houndstooth clinics for dogs and cats . Our service is performed right at your vet's facility on a scheduled basis.