Dental Care for Pets

With all the biting, chomping and playful pulling your pet gets up to, dental care is going to be a top priority in their life. Dogs, cats and people are vulnerable to all kinds of complications when their teeth are not regularly cared for. This can result in tooth loss or infection. That’s why routine brushing, and alternatives such as dental treats and oral gels, are highly recommended for your pet. Of course, managing their hygiene requires more than brushing, and can depend on their genetic history and rowdiness. When you make an appointment with us at 403.982.8387, we can spot early signs of oral health issues and treat advanced problems.

How do I know if my pet is experiencing oral health problems?

Does your pet’s breath hit you like a ton of bricks? An easy sign that something may be wrong is bad breath. It could be due to smelly food or something a little more serious, like plaque or gingivitis. It’s important to track their behaviour when they’re eating and playing with chew toys. If they’re experiencing sensitivities in their mouth dogs will make a noise, while cats might chatter. Sometimes they don’t show any visible signs of distress, so you will have to be proactive and look into your pet’s mouth, if possible, for signs of decay or abnormalities. Is tissue growing on their teeth? Are their gums bleeding? If you spot any of these symptoms make an appointment for a thorough examination at 403.982.8387.

Is there anything I can do from home to improve my pet’s dental health?

Brushing their teeth is a good start. If they’re resistant, introduce them to oral gels, chew toys specifically designed for dental care and dental treats that keep teeth cleaning fun. Giving your pet the right kind of food contributes considerably to their health. The real goodies prevent plaque and tartar from building up or are rough enough to scrub their teeth. Most importantly, they provide nutrients to strengthen your pet’s health. Some medical conditions require regular checks because they are likely to persist. When that is the case, following an examination schedule will help us monitor your pet’s situation.

Do you treat root canals and caps?

Yes. We perform root canals and dental cap procedures here in our clinic. Depending on the severity of infection and inflammation, it can take 1.5 to 3 hours to complete the procedure. Multiple visits may be needed for complicated procedures. Our veterinarians will remove the affected tissue (also called as the “pulp”) from the root, disinfect the area and then fill it with the dental material to prevent bacteria from re-entering. Dental caps can be placed on top of a damaged tooth for added protection, as well as to restore its function. Standard root canals allow us to “save” your pet’s tooth and is less-invasive than a complete tooth extraction. This is an advanced dental service that we are pleased to provide for our primary patients and those referred to us by other hospitals. Please feel free to call us to learn more.

Last updated: April 5, 2021

Dear Clients,

With recent changes to restrictions on businesses, we are pleased to advise that effective May 25, 2020 the restrictions on veterinary practices have been lifted. Based on these changes, below are some important updates to our operating policies.

1. WE CAN NOW SEE ALL CASES BY APPOINTMENT ONLY This includes vaccines, wellness exams, blood work, spays and neuters, dental services, and more!


  • Continue our "closed waiting room" policy to protect our clients and staff. When you arrive, please remain outside the hospital and use your cell phone to call us. We will take a history of your pet's health and discuss any concerns. A staff member will then meet you outside to bring your pet into the hospital for an examination. The Veterinarian will call you to discuss the recommended treatment plan. After your appointment, a staff member will return your pet to you outside, and take care of any needed medications and payment.
  • Continue the use of credit cards as the preferred payment method.
  • Continue with curbside pickup of food and medication (unless you have used our online store and are having your order delivered directly to your home). To place an order through our online store, visit our website and click on "Online Store".
  • 3. OPERATING HOURS We are OPEN with the following hours:
    Monday to Friday: 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
    Saturday: 9:00 am - 2:00 pm
    Sunday: Closed

    5. NEW PET OWNERS 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!

    - The team at Elizabeth Street Pet Hospital