T.A.R.A. now offers low-cost dental cleanings for previously spayed/neutered cats and dogs! Dentistry is performed on Fridays at our stationary clinic in Middletown, NY. Appointments are required.
While T.A.R.A. offers high-quality affordable dental care, please understand we are not a full service veterinary hospital and do not provide dental x-rays or any extensive dentistry such as root canals. During your pet’s dental cleaning we may find certain conditions that could require you to go to a specialty clinic for which we would make recommendations.
Dentistry – $200*
Includes: Dental assessment, anesthesia, full cleaning and polishing of the teeth, and up to two extractions (if needed).
- $15 extra per additional extraction
- $20+ antibiotics (per 7 day supply), if needed
*If your dog is over 6 years old, pre-anesthetic bloodwork ($40) may be required prior to scheduling a dental cleaning.
Before and After Photos
See actual before and after photos of T.A.R.A. patients below.
What is tartar? Whether on a human or an animal, tartar (technically called dental calculus) is a mixture of saliva and bacteria. It may appear as brownish-gold on the teeth and close to the gum line.
What is gingivitis? Once the plaque gets under the gum, it starts causing inflammation, which is called gingivitis. Redness or bleeding along the gum line may indicate gingivitis. It is the initial, reversible form of periodontal disease. If this inflammation is not controlled, however, the bacteria can change to a more destructive type.
What is periodontal (gum) disease? When tartar mineralizes, it becomes plaque. And when the plaque buildup becomes severe enough to cause inflammation, bleeding, and/or recession of the gums, it’s called periodontal disease.
What are the symptoms of poor dental health that I should watch for? If you detect breath that is especially offensive, especially if your pet is also suffering from unusual drooling, loose teeth or red, swollen gums, periodontal disease could be the cause.
What can I do at home to prevent periodontal disease? Daily brushing of your pet’s teeth is the ideal way to reduce tartar and plaque buildup. Make sure to use pet toothpaste. Do not use human toothpaste or baking soda because these can upset your dog’s stomach. Providing daily dental chews and feeding your pet a veterinary-approved dental diet can also slow tartar and plaque buildup.