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Pet dental care

Clean teeth and healthy gums are key for long-term dental health and wellbeing. This should be a combination of regular home cleaning if possible, and more thorough dental care at the vets.

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Dental care at Clent Hills Vets

Dental procedures in cats and dogs

These are typically done as a day case and will require a general anaesthetic so that your pet’s teeth can be worked on safely and in a sterile environment. Our surgeries have modern dental machines and equipment that is used for descaling, polishing and removing teeth to improve dental health. We also have a dental x-ray machine to check the health of the teeth roots and examine bone loss as a result of gum disease.

Rabbits and small furries

These types of pets should ideally maintain their own teeth through the correct diet. If they need a little help, we have an air driven burr which is used for maintenance of front teeth (incisors), a procedure which can usually be done consciously during a routine consultation. For a more thorough investigation of your rabbit’s or small furry pet’s back teeth, they will require a general anaesthetic.

Recommended cleaning & checkups


We recommend home cleaning daily if possible, plus 6-monthly dental checkups with the vet to help your dog stay healthy. There are a variety of products available for home cleaning as well as alternatives such as dental chews and toys if cleaning proves difficult. Bring your new puppy (up to 16 weeks) along to our puppy party and our nurses will show you how to clean their teeth, alternatively, you can book a 1-2-1 appointment with a nurse.


You are likely to have the best success of cleaning your cat’s teeth if you start this when they are a kitten. Otherwise, there are gels and specific foods you can try. Ask our team for advice. We recommend getting your cat’s teeth checked at annual booster time and when you bring them in for 6-month checkups.

Rabbits and small furries

We recommend getting your rabbit or small furry pet’s teeth checked thoroughly every 12 months when you bring them in for their annual booster. If your pet is having trouble eating this may indicate a problem with their teeth so you must bring them in to see us straight away.

Reptiles & exotics

Exotic pets should have their mouths examined as part of an annual health checkup. This is just a precaution to make sure everything is ok, however, some species including; ferrets, hedgehogs and bearded dragons may require dental cleaning just as a dog or cat would. If you can’t remember when your pet’s last dental check was, or think it’s time for a new one…

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