114 2nd St Box 326 • Langley, WA 98260 • (360) 331–8090

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Keep Your Pet Smiling
With Proper Oral Hygiene & Pet Dental Care!

pet dental care

Oral health is perhaps one of the most-overlooked aspects of your pet’s care. Bad breath, infections, abscesses, and lost or damaged teeth are some of the consequences of a lack of good dental hygiene. Long-term bacterial infections in the mouth can lead directly to problems with the kidneys, digestive tract, and heart. Every pet’s oral care needs differ depending on a long list of health factors, and the Animal Hospital by the Sea is happy to consult with you to determine what care is most appropriate for your pet. If we find the need for some attention in your pet’s mouth we may recommend the following:

At-home dental care
Brushing your pet’s teeth and/or using recommended oral care products and treats can help to slow the accumulation of tartar and plaque on your pet’s teeth. The Veterinary Oral Health Council has a list of approved diets, treats, and oral rinses that may help with this task. The Animal Hospital by the Sea will help you develop the best at-home care protocol for your pet, including a demonstration on how to brush your pet’s teeth.
Regularly scheduled dental exams
Prevention is the best course of action when it comes to your pet’s dental care. It is another reason why it is so important to schedule regular visits to ensure your pet receives routine examination of teeth, gums, and mouth as part of an annual wellness exam.
Hand scaling
Sometimes minor staining and tartar buildup can be addressed by hand scaling with or without mild sedation. Whether or not your pet is a candidate for this type of procedure depends on the degree of dental disease present and your pet’s cooperative nature.
Dentistry under general anesthesia
It can be difficult to thoroughly evaluate or work on the full mouth in an awake animal or adequately clean under the gum line and on all sides of the teeth. Therefore, routine dentistry under general anesthesia is recommended for the majority of our patients. During this type of dental procedure, each individual tooth is assessed, scaled above and below the gum line with the use of an ultrasonic scaler, and then polished to minimize the future build up of plaque. After review of their condition, any diseased or broken teeth may then be extracted.
Referral dentistry procedures
Sometimes the extent or nature of a dental problem requires more advanced procedures such as root canals or gingival surgery. In these situations, we are fortunate to be able to refer your pet to a pet dental specialist. The Shoreline Veterinary Dental Clinic is a nearby referral facility for specialized pet dental needs.
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Animal Hospital by the Sea rocks! Jean is a fabulous veterinarian, the environment is warm and relaxing and there is great communication between Jean and her staff. We are all so very happy to have found them!
Jodi Starcevich, Matt Costello, Groovy Roux and Salinger

Dr. Dieden’s surgical technique allowed our dog a quick and trouble free spay recovery without the stress and discomfort of an Elizabethan collar (head cone).  We are very grateful to Dr. Dieden and staff who assisted with Rena’s surgery.
Bob and Jayme Holmberg

Meshuggeneh was the most relaxed cat during her visit to Dr.Jean that I think she would have stayed longer. Thank you both Holly and Dr. Jean for your time and help. Best find in Langley... a great vet!
Jeanniemaria Barbour

Jean and staff Thank you so very much for the care given to our Lab, Lily We are so appreciative of your time, concern and love given to our pet. Lily is forever grateful and so are her humans, Nina and Chris We hope the next visit will be just the standard check up and not an emergency, again thank you for the excellent care. Animal Hospital By The Sea, you rock!
Chris Skatell

Dory a Golden on the island says thank you.
Louise Long

The staff and Jean are fabulous. We are so lucky to have them on the Island.
DeLaine Emmert

Thank you Dr Jean Dieden for taking such good care of my labrador, Kinsey. Kinsey had a raging hot spot. Thanks to Dr Dieden’s caring and effective treatment, Kinsey is much more comfortable and on the mend.
Lia Bijsterveld

It doesn’t get any better than this animal hospital for care for your pet.  Jean Dieden and her team of Holly and Stacy are top notch and they are genuinely caring.  I also like the fact that this is a animal hospital and part of that terminology means they do their own blood work.
Rob Felding

Dr. Jean held my hand throughout it all and, had it not been for her professional intuition about a prescription Lena was given during emergency treatment, my little girl would not be the happy, healthy kitty she is today. As for how my other cat Dexter feels about Dr. Jean, you can see for yourself around this website.
Susan Hanson