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Healthy Teeth and Gums = Healthy Pets

A dental procedure

The overall health and longevity of your pet is directly related to the health of your pet's teeth and gums. At Berkeley Veterinary Center, we do a thorough checkup of your pet's teeth and gums every time they visit us. By the age of three years, most need a professional cleaning. Our veterinarians are experts in dental care.

For professional dental cleanings, we will put your pet under anesthesia so that we can do a deep and thorough job. Any pet going under anesthesia at our veterinary center is treated with the utmost care. We use multi-modal anesthesia, which means we use a variety of drugs, but less of each so that it's safer for your pet. Pets are fully monitored at all times, and our priority is always your pet's safety and comfort throughout the cleaning.

While a professional cleaning may seem like a big event for a younger cat or dog, early care and cleaning significantly reduces more serious health concerns later in your pet's life. Visit our educational blogs on dental care and dental health for more information.

What Happens when You Leave Your Pet at Berkeley Veterinary Center for a Dental Procedure?

  1. General anesthesia—In order for us to provide the best care for your pet, full anesthesia is required.
  2. Oral exam and charting—The mouth and each tooth are extensively examined. Dental radiographs (X-rays) are often taken to identify problems with teeth that may appear normal on the surface. Periodontal examination helps identify disease.
  3. Extractions or surgical treatments—Any diseased teeth or tissues identified during the examination and X-ray process will be addressed. This may involve removing teeth that cannot be saved or are causing your pet discomfort.
  4. Scaling—Plaque and tartar are removed from above and below the gum line.
  5. Polishing—Scaling the teeth creates a slightly rough surface where plaque and calculus can accumulate. Polishing smoothes the tooth surface in order to make the effects of your pet's dental cleaning last longer.

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"I started using Berkeley for my dog’s allergy problems. We see Dr. Tony and he is wonderful, and well-educated. He went over several options of testing and treatments and is honest and open with all his suggestions. Callie’s allergies have never been better. Recently, we met Dr. Alyssa due to a last minute non-allergy related appointment, and I was equally impressed with her knowledge and care. All the tech are kind and patient. I would happily recommend Berkeley Vet.” —Allen Alfano
"I just recently went to Berkeley Vet Center to take my cat Precious for a check-up. Our technician Diana Brand was extremely helpful and easy to talk to during our visit. She made Precious feel comfortable and calmed her down when she got a little fussy. The doctor was also very nice and took care of my Precious. They go over everything regarding prices so there were no surprises and I found the exam and vaccines to be reasonably priced. I will definitely bring Precious again in the near future! —Victoria T.
"Dr. Alyssa and all the staff are the absolute best! Knowledgeable, professional, kind, and considerate. When I had to put my 17-year-old dachshund down, I relied on their compassion and wisdom to make the process much easier. They explained everything to me so that I knew what to expect. I would highly recommend Berkeley Veterinary Center!” —Jean Spector
"I really cannot find the words to explain how amazing Dr. Tony and his staff are! My baby had a sock obstructing her small intestines and was at risk for major complications. They performed major surgery and continued to care and comfort my baby for days after. If I chose to go to an overnight hospital, my girl would have been left in a cage with an IV and no snuggling or attention. My heart is so touched, I get choked up thinking about Dr. Tony and staff!” —Colleen Collichio
"I took my 12-year-old cat to Berkeley Veterinary Center. I was immediately impressed by the clean and friendly atmosphere. I was greeted right away and made to feel welcome. I am very happy to have found Dr. Tony and his caring staff.” —Linda C.
"Dr. Tony and staff greet us with warmth and friendship. My 3 dogs love them, evidenced by the big kisses they give to the staff. Dr. Tony takes time to examine and explain my concerns. I am very pleased to know this excellent group. If you want caring, compassionate vets and staff you MUST go to them.” —Cathy S.
"Overall experience was like no other…warm, friendly, and personable, yet professional and informative. Pricing was comparable to past veterinary experiences, and by no means unreasonable. Office and exam room were clean, fresh, and neat. Berkeley Veterinary Center may have a customer for life!” —Michael P.