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Dental Care Services for Pets

Here at Antigonish Veterinary Clinic, we are committed to keeping your pet’s teeth clean, beautiful and healthy. Did you know that “doggy breath” or halitosis is not normal? It is a symptom of periodontal disease which affects 85% of cats and dogs over 1-year-old. Periodontal disease is an infection and inflammation of the tissues around your pet’s teeth. The good news is that it is easy to prevent with regular dental cleanings. To schedule your pet’s next dental check-up, please don’t hesitate to call us at 902.863.3157.

What are the symptoms of dental problems in pets?

Bad breath, swollen gums, loose teeth, bloody saliva and bumps on their mouth are all warning signs of periodontal disease and other oral health problems. Please call us right away if you notice any of these in your pet.

What types of dental services for pets are offered at your hospital?

As a full-service veterinary clinic, we can perform routine dental cleanings, dental radiographs, teeth extractions and more for all of our patients.

Is anesthesia necessary for a dental cleaning in pets?

Yes. The process of having instruments and devices inserted in their mouth can be traumatic even for the calmest pets. Putting your pet under anesthesia will make the experience infinitely more pleasant for them. It will also make it easier for us to properly clean, examine and perform any necessary surgery on your pet. Don’t worry, we perform tests on your pet prior to putting them under, to see if they are good candidates for anesthesia.

How often should I brush my dog/cat’s teeth?

The truth is, your pet’s teeth should be brushed at least once a day. Getting into a daily brushing routine is a lot easier than you may think. At a consultation, we can show you some useful tips and products that you can use to get started.

Last updated: April 29, 2021

Dear Clients,

With recent changes to restrictions on businesses, we have made some important updates to our operating policies.


This includes vaccines, wellness exams, blood work, heartworm testing, spays and neuters, dental services, and more!



Monday - Friday: 8:00 am – 12:00 pm, 1:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Saturday: 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
Sunday: Closed

We offer after-hours emergency care services to the clients and pets in our community. If your pet is experiencing an emergency after hours, please call our clinic phone number, and you will be directed to the veterinarian on-call for further assistance. 


Have you welcomed a new furry family member to your home? We’d love to meet them! Visit our Must Know New Pet Owner Information page for useful resources and helpful recommendations for new pet owners.

Thank you for your patience and understanding and we look forward to seeing you and your furry family members again!

- Your dedicated team at Antigonish Veterinary Clinic