Information for Owners

Good oral health is an important part of good general health for your pet.

Signs of oral and dental diseases in dogs and cats:

- Bad breath.
- Loose teeth or teeth that are discolored or covered in tartar.
- Your pet shies away from you when you touch the mouth area.
- Drooling or dropping food from the mouth.
- Bleeding from the mouth.
- Loss of appetite or loss of weight (this combination can result from

diseases of many organs, and early veterinary examination is important).

If you think your pet needs dental care, the College recommends that you make an appointment with your veterinarian, who will recommend a referral to an AVDC diplomate if indicated, or you may contact an AVDC Veterinary Dentist directly. Please note that the AVDC does not itself respond to enquiries about individual patients.

Anesthesia Free Dental Cleanings / Non-Anesthetic 'Dentals'

Anesthesia free dental procedures are not able to clean beneath the gumline to prevent periodontal disease, nor are they able to look beneath the gum-line to identify problems before they become painful and expensive to treat. 
When choosing your pet’s dental care, it’s important to learn about a comprehensive veterinary dental cleaning, also known as a professional dental cleaning, and its long term benefits for your pet’s overall health. You can click the image below for answers to all of your questions and to find resources for making the right choice for your pet.

Plaque and Tartar Control

Prevention of the most common oral disease in pets (and in people!) consists of frequent removal of the dental plaque and tartar that forms on teeth that are not kept clean. The Veterinary Oral Health Council (VOHC) awards its Seal of Acceptance to products that successfully meet pre-set criteria for effectiveness in controlling plaque and tartar deposition in dogs and cats. The VOHC is an entity of the American Veterinary Dental College. If you would like information on products that will help control deposition of dental plaque and tartar on the teeth of your pet, click Veterinary Oral Health Council.

National Pet Dental Health Campaign!

AVDC is proud to partner with the American Veterinary Dental Society, the Academy of Veterinary Dentistry, the American Veterinary Medical Association, Hill's Pet Nutrition, Inc. and the Veterinary Oral Health Council, in sponsoring activities that will help to increase understanding of the importance of oral health for our pets, as part of the National Pet Dental Health Campaign.


Click any of the links to the left for additional information on specific topics.

Please note that AVDC cannot respond to questions about individual pets - see your veterinarian or consult a veterinary dental specialist.