Prevent Dental Disease With our Dental Care Services
Periodontal disease is one of the most common conditions among pets today. Research suggests that most dogs and cats over age 3 have some form of dental disease. However, this condition is completely preventable.
If your pet exhibits any of the following, he or she may be suffering from dental disease and should be examined by one our veterinarians:
- Bad breath
- Swollen or red gums
- Yellow or brown teeth
- Difficulty chewing
- Missing or cracked/chipped teeth
If left untreated, periodontal disease can lead to more serious, painful health conditions, such as kidney failure, liver failure, or heart disease.
Our Dental Care Services
At Elmhurst Animal Care Center, we recommend a three-step approach to caring for your pet’s oral health:
- Annual exams
Beginning at age 1, your pet will receive a dental exam during his or her wellness visit. We may order dental x-rays to examine the teeth and gum line. You will be notified if surgery, extraction, or other advanced procedures are required.
- Routine cleanings
Once the exam is completed and anesthesia has been administered, the veterinarian will begin to clean your pet’s teeth and the area below the gum line. This is something that only a veterinarian is licensed to perform. Groomers may claim they have cleaned your pet’s teeth, but, at best, this is only a very superficial cleaning. Our veterinarians also scale and polish the crown of each tooth to remove buildup from tartar and plaque.
- Home dental care
Regularly brushing your pet’s teeth helps reduce plaque and tartar buildup. In addition, chew toys and treats can also help combat dental disease.
We invite you to review the following online resources to support your pet’s dental health:
Do not ignore your pet’s oral health. Get the dental care they need today!
We accept walk-ins during our Doctor's Hours to meet your busy lifestyle. If you’d prefer to make an appointment, we offer those too!
News & Events
Meet Our Adoptable Animals!
We are currently fostering some great pets available for adoption! Visit our Featured Foster page HERE to view all animals available for adoption and make an appointment to meet them at our clinic by calling us at 630.530.1900!
Holiday Hours & Closings!
Please note our Holiday Hours and Closings! For Emergency Services during Holiday Hours, you MUST call 630.337.3070!
Holiday Mystic Market & Adoption Event!
Save the date and join us on Saturday, December 1st from 11AM - 4:30PM for a Holiday Mystic Market & Adoption Event! Meet the featured readers and shop the amazing handcrafted items! TV's Svengoolie will be signing autographs from 2PM - 4PM! Meet adoptable pets from local rescues and bring your own pet along for $10 photos with Santa (11AM - 2PM)! Enjoy treats and light refreshements! Please also consider bringing a toy to donate to Toys for Tots. All proceeds benefit Magnificent Mutts & Meows Rescue and Sacred Space Animal Sanctuary.
We Are a Toys for Tots Drop Off Location!
Now through Thursday, December 13th we'll be collecting for Toys for Tots! Stop by during our normal business hours to drop off any new, unwrapped toys. No stuffed animals or toy weapons, please. Many thanks for your generosity during the holiday season!