Advanced Dental Services for Elk River & Zimmerman MN Pets

Pet Dental Care at Zimmvet

Does your pet have exceptionally bad breath and drool more than usual? Have you noticed redness or bleeding along the gum line of his or her teeth? Has there been a sudden reluctance to eat or difficulty with chewing? Chances are your pet is suffering from dental disease.

By age 3, 80% of dogs and 70% of cats show signs of oral disease. Left untreated, dental disorders can lead to gum inflammation, tooth infections, and periodontal disease. Visit our dental care tour to view examples of what to look for.

Periodontal disease is a serious condition that starts out as plaque, a bacterial film that attaches to the teeth. If not removed through regular brushing, plaque spreads below the gum line leading to inflammation of the gums and infection of the root canal. The bacteria associated with oral disease can spread through the blood to other organs such as the heart, liver, and kidneys.

It is estimated that 85% of adult pets are affected with periodontal disease. If caught early, the costs associated with treatment are significantly less and the additional risks to your pet’s health can be minimized.

The good news about dental disease is that it is preventable. Regular checkups and daily brushing are the best way to avoid periodontal disease and keep your pet’s mouth healthy. Starting a routine of good dental hygiene early in your pet’s life is essential to proper health care, and cats and dogs can learn to tolerate daily brushing at any age. Every wellness exam includes a thorough inspection of your companion animal’s teeth and gums to check for any problems that may need attention. Signs of serious dental problems, such as broken or infected teeth, often go unnoticed, which is why annual dental exams are so important.

Take an active role in maintaining good dental health care:

  • Learn to brush your pet’s teeth. View our video on the proper technique for brushing canine or feline teeth.
  • Feed your pet a high-quality diet. Ask your veterinarian about foods and treats with proven benefits in plaque and tartar removal.
  • Provide chew toys that stimulate gums and help clean teeth.

Although daily tooth brushing is advised for both dogs and cats, studies show only 2% of pet owners follow through. There are a variety of products on the market that, when used routinely on a daily basis, help keep your animal’s mouth healthy. They include specially formulated toothpastes, water additives, rinses, gels, and dental chews. It is important to only use toothpaste that is specially formulated for pets. Some of the ingredients in toothpaste made for humans may cause toxicities in animals. For maintaining good dental hygiene habits, we endorse and carry the full line of C.E.T. home dental care products, which can be purchased at our clinic pharmacy or through our pet portal online store.

Treatment Options for Dental Disease

The extent of treatment for dental problems depends on the severity of each case. If large amounts of plaque are found on your pet’s teeth, professional dental cleaning will be required in order to properly address the problem. A professional dental cleaning consists of a thorough oral exam in which each tooth will be examined and evaluated, digital dental X-rays, and scaling and polishing. During this procedure, pets are under general anesthesia. If necessary, we also have the professional expertise and equipment to perform tooth extractions, periodontal antibiotic therapy, and sealant of minor tooth fractures.

Oral Health for Life Program

You will enjoy special Dental Discounts when your pet has their first Professional Dental Cleaning before their third birthday or has a Professional Dental Cleaning within 18 months of their last procedure at Zimmvet.

25% off the Professional Dental Cleaning and 10% off any extra dental work (x-rays/extractions).

Client Testimonials

Last Saturday was our first time there and our experience was a 5! Everyone was very informative and welcoming! Thank you!

— Carole Lefebvre

Bringing both of our dogs to be cared for, we are extremely pleased with the care they are receiving. Sadie, Willow and I thank you all.

— Sue Lenz

I really appreciated the way the doctors at the clinic cared for Diamond. Over fifteen years of love with my wonderful dog and the quality of regular care she received at the clinic made it possible. I was especially touched by the sympathy card I receive after sadly having to put her to sleep, it shows they really care.

— Darryl Anton

After recently moving to Minnesota we researched many veterinarian options and we chose the Zimmerman Veterinary Clinic. The staff was honest, thorough and genuinely caring. Their follow-up on our pets care was outstanding. Itís worth the trip for your petís care.

— The Connorsí Family - Rich & Amy Maximus, Petie, Buster, Bandit, Shadow, Kodibear & Sammy

We have taken our pets to the Zimmerman Vet Clinic for 20 years. Even when our visit was a sad one, we were treated with kindness and courtesy. The staff has always been professional and friendly. We highly recommend Zimmerman Vet Clinic to anyone who loves their pet.

— Bratsch

The staff at Zimmerman Veterinary Clinic has taken care of my dogs since 1979. I am especially pleased with the care of my last companion/friend, Ruby Mae. She received the best care I could have expected. The staff gave her loving care and attention during her whole lifetime. I canít thank them enough for being there for support. I will continue to use them with my new friend, Baily Sue.

— Sincerely, Dale Cannon

We love Zimmerman Vet! They give the best care & have a wonderful staff!

— Laurie Gansen Cramer

Thank you all for being such amazing people & taking such great care of my little man Bentlee! You will never know how much I appreciate all your information, fast actions & the care you put forth to all animals that come to your office! Thanks Again!

— Dani George

Iíve had dogs all my life and this is by far the best place to take your pet for their veterinary needs!!! Great service from the entire staff, they really care about the wellness of your pet, and my Gauge gets a little extra TLC (he is a senior now).

— Bonni Placek Cook