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

Wonderful Care! We have been bringing both dogs to ZimmVet for years. We always get great care and everyone is friendly. Our Lab gets so excited when she gets there. Our other dog suffers from great anxiety and they treat her so well. They know the personality of both so well and know how to treat them.

— Lee D.

I would not know of any other veterinarian that has a more caring staff that are patient with us and take the time to listen about our three Pomeranians. Zimmvet knows how important our girls are to us and I would not take a chance on bringing them anywhere else.

— Ken G.

Our vet honored our desire to keep expenses down by providing us with estimates of the treatment we could choose from while trying to find out what was wrong with our very sick puggle. No cost was hidden. On top of all this, our dog was given excellent care. We love Zimmvet.

— Carisa M.

I have and will continue to recommend ZimmVet to others. The staff is personable and professional on all levels, both to the human clients and the animal patients. It is reassuring to me to know that I can count on them for any assistance I may need in caring for my pets now and in the future.

— Lou S.

We love Zimmvet! And most importantly, Handsome loves everyone at Zimmvet! We use their vet services and pet hotel and couldn't be happier with both. Highly recommend!

— Leigh C.

Our experiences over the years are always positive, even if the outcome isn't. The doctors and staff are warm and friendly. They are also very professional and thorough. We feel strongly that we get great value for our dollar, as well as wonderful pet care.

— Laurie C.

ZimmVet Pet Hotel has provided extended stay care for our German Shepherd and Black Labrador twice in the last two years. They did a great job of caring for them both during a two-week trip - not only catering to their needs but their concerned owners with email updates and photos. We can't say enough good things about ZimmVet Pet Hotel!!

— Curt V.

ZimmVet has well trained and competent professionals, but even more important to me is that they are sincerely 'good' people. They care about you and your pets - you're just not another record. In addition to the great staff, they offer a very broad range of services - even day care and training classes!

— Suzanne F.