Is a veterinary dentist needed to do dental work on a dog?
Original Question: Inheriting a 12 1/2 year Bichon Shih Tzu who needs extensive dental work. I live in Streetsville (Mississauga) area. Can you recommend a vet who specializes in dental for older dogs? She does not have any medical problems. Thank you in advance. - Jane
Most general practice veterinarians are trained to address a majority of common dental problems, regardless of age of the patient. Most of these older dogs are in need a cleaning and possibly some extractions. I would first recommend a visit to your family veterinarian for an assessment. If there are special circumstances, they may recommend you visit a veterinary dentist who is trained in things like root canals, crowns, and more advanced procedures. Many specialists require a referral from your regular veterinarian anyway. To see what specialists are in your area, I encourage you to visit the American Veterinary Dental College website.
I wish you guys all the best.
Dr. Ryan Llera
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