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
The 4th Annual Mystic Market!
Join us at the 4th Annual Mystic Market: A Mystical and Magical Fundraiser with Powerful Featured Readers and Amazing Handcrafted Items for Sale! The event takes place Saturday, October 20th from 11AM - 4:30PM. Meet featured celebrity psychic reader, Theo Kostaridis! The event will host a bake sale with delicous homemade treats as well as Fall Pet Photos for $10 from 11AM - 3PM. Dress your pet in costume for the Pet Costume Contest at 12:30PM! Proceeds from the event benefit Magnificent Mutts & Meows Rescue & Sacred Space Animal Sanctuary and Rescue.
Pet CPR & First Aid Certification Class!
Join us on Sunday, October 7th from 9AM - 12PM at our clinic for a Pet CPR & First Aid Certification Class! This class is ideal for anyone who loves animals including: animal professionals, pet sitters, animal shelter staff/volunteers, rescue personnel, First Responders, Fire/EMT and pet owners alike! Taught by trained professionals, it provides each participant an overview of what to do in an emergency situation with their pet prior to getting veterinary care. For more information or to register, click HERE. Check out the Facebook Event HERE. A portion of each registration benefits our rescue partners at St. Sophia's Forgotten Felines.
Save the Date! Join Us at the Magnificent Mutts & Meows Run4Paws 5K!
Join us and rescue partners Magnificent Mutts & Meows Rescue for their 4th annual Run4Paws 5K & 2K Puppy Path! The event takes place Saturday, October 6th at McCollum Park (6801 Main St.) in Downers Grove with the race starting promptly at 9AM. The best part: attendees are welcome to race with their dog! Medals are awarded for males and females in each age category.
For additional information and to register, please click HERE.