pandaAt Merrillville Animal Hospital, we take your pet’s oral health very seriously because we know that dental disease can be associated with other serious health problems such as heart disease and kidney disease. Our highly skilled team of doctors and staff will examine your pet’s teeth and gums to help determine if there are any dental issues you should know about. After the visual examination, we may recommend a more detailed examination (which requires sedation), a professional dental cleaning, or options for at-home dental care.

Even if you think your pet’s teeth and gums are okay, we can offer expert advice to help you keep them that way. Biannual dental checkups for your pet are just as important as they are for you. We want your pet to live a long, happy life, and we know that maintaining a healthy mouth is a part of that.


If your veterinarian determines that your pet requires a professional dental cleaning, your pet will have to undergo anesthesia. Your veterinarian will discuss the risks and benefits of a professional dental cleaning. Once the calculus is scaled off their teeth, the teeth and gums are probed, just like at your dentist, to check for issues that are under the gumline, such as infection, tooth resorption, enamel loss, bone loss, cavities, etc…

The following are the guidelines recommended by the AVMA regarding pet dental health and a chart of your pet’s mouth which we use to keep track of their dental cleanings and individual tooth health.

Tiffers Lund


Pet Dental Care AVMA

Canine Dental Chart

Feline Dental Chart

Anesthesia: What to Expect


We do NOT perform anesthesia free pet dental cleanings nor do we recommend them.  Please feel free to check out the links below for the reasons why.

Pet Periodontal Disease
Facts about Anesthesia Free Pet Dental Services
Reasons Not to Choose Anesthesia Free Dentals
When Your Groomer Offers You an Anesthesia Free Dental
American Veterinary Dental College
AAHA Dentistry Accreditation Standards

We understand that anesthesia is scary and we strive to provide the lowest risk possible to our patients by:

(1) Providing in-house bloodwork to identify abnormalities and help us to choose our anesthetic protocol

(2) Placing an intravenous catheter to deliver fluids and provide a direct route in case of emergency

(3) Constantly monitoring your pet’s vital signs under anesthesia by a trained veterinary assistant

Please let us know of any specific concerns you may regarding anesthesia so that we may address them!

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