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Pet Dentistry Portland, OR

The vets at City Pets Vet provide preventive and restorative veterinary dental health care and surgery for cats and dogs in Portland.

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Comprehensive Dental Care for Cats & Dogs

Routine dental care is a critical component of cats’ and dogs’ oral and overall health, but most of pets don’t get the oral hygiene care they need to keep their teeth and gums healthy.

At City Pets Vet, we provide complete dental care for your pet, from basics such as dental exams, teeth cleanings and polishing, to dental x-rays and surgeries.

We are also passionate about dental health education about home dental care for pet owners.

Dental Surgery in Portland, OR

We recognise that learning that your pet need dental surgery can be stressful. We work to reduce the stress involved with this procedure for both you and your pet.

We’ll make every effort to make your pet’s stay convenient and comfortable. Before the treatment, we will go through every step in great detail with you, including the prerequisites and aftercare instructions.

Pet Teeth Cleaning & Exams

Your pet should come in for a dental examination at least annually. Dogs and cats who are more prone to dental problems than others may need to see us more often.

City Pets Vet can assess, diagnose and treat dental health problems in cats and dogs.


If you notice any of the following symptoms in your pet, it’s time for a dental checkup.

  • Tartar buildup
  • Loose and/or broken teeth
  • Extra teeth or retained baby teeth
  • Bleeding from the mouth
  • Bad breath
  • Pain or swelling in or around the mouth
  • Reduced appetite or refusal to eat
  • Abnormal chewing, drooling, or dropping food from the mouth
  • Discoloured teeth
Before the dental exam, your pet will get a full pre-anesthetic physical examination.

We’ll obtain blood and urine samples to make sure the anesthetic is safe for your pet. Additional tests, such as chest radiography or an ECG, may be performed.

We will perform a complete oral examination (tooth by tooth), charting, and full mouth digital dental x-rays once your pet is anesthetized.


After that, x-rays are obtained and the teeth are cleaned and polished (even under the gum line). The fluoride treatment is then applied to each tooth.

For our oral surgery patients, a complimentary follow-up examination will be performed two weeks after the initial diagnostic and treatment session.

During routine clinic appointments, we’ll talk about how to brush your pet’s teeth at home. We can also make recommendations for things that will aid your pet’s oral health.

FAQs About Pet Dental Care

Here are some of the most frequently asked questions from our patients about pet dental care.

Why do pets need their teeth cleaned?
As a result of inadequate oral hygiene, our pets may develop periodontal disease.

Animals’ teeth pick up plaque when they eat, just like humans do, and if it isn’t frequently wiped away, it can harden into tartar.

Calculus buildup can lead to periodontal disease and tooth loss in cats and dogs if left untreated

What happens during a pet teeth cleaning appointment?
The veterinarian will perform a complete oral exam to look for problems that need to be addressed during the procedure.
The technician will perform an ultrasonic scaling to clean calculus from above and below the gum line. The teeth are then polished to smooth the teeth surface in order to slow the process of plaque adhering to the teeth.

Diseased teeth are removed to allow for a healthy and pain-free mouth.
Your pet’s comfort is important to us. We are committed to managing your pet’s pain before, during, and after the appointment.

What should I do at home to keep my pet’s teeth clean between dental appointments?
Regular tooth brushing and dental chew toys should be provided for your pet at home. These will aid in plaque removal.

Do not let them chew on things like bones, toys, or objects that are excessively hard because doing so will harm their teeth. Any queries or worries regarding your pet’s dental health should always be directed to your veterinarian.