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Frequently Asked Oral Health Questions

How can oral condition influence my animal's health?

Your pet's oral condition can absolutely influence (and be an​ indicator of) their overall health. Pets that have poor oral condition may:
  • Experience local pain or discomfort
  • Have systemic influences, contributing to other conditions like diabetes, renal failure, and renal disease. Eliminating oral problems often can improve these conditions for your pet.
  • ​Influence your pet's attitude and behavior, causing it to act grumpy or unhappy. Oral treatment often can improve mood and activity level.

 How Do I Brush My Pet's Teeth?


pet tooth brushing video






What Products are Recommended?

We recommend any products listed on the Veterinary Oral Health Council's website. Other products not listed are the C.E.T. line from Virbac, which is only sold at veterinary hospitals.

Why does my pet's mouth smell so bad?

When your pet's mouth consistently smells bad, it often is due to accumulation of plaque and calculus. The metabolic activity of the bacteria that form plaque in the mouth causes an inflammation reaction. In this situation, your pet should have a professional dental cleaning, followed by daily home dental care, to alleviate the smell and improve their health and comfort.

How much does it cost to get my pet's teeth cleaned?

Please call our consultation line at (970) 297-4474 or email us at for pricing information. This way we can better tailor a verbal quote range to you and your pet's needs.

Common/not-so-common oral conditions

Download this PDF to learn more about oral conditions, both common and uncommon.

 Stray animal policy


Stray animal policy

If you find a stray animal, please call the
Larimer Humane Society, 3501 E​. 74th St., Loveland, (Map​​), (970) 226-3647.

Please DO NOT bring stray animals to the hospital during these hours:
Monday-Friday 8 a.m.-6 p.m.
Saturday-Sunday 8 a.m.-4 p.m.

The hospital will accept stray animals when the Humane Society is closed:
Monday-Friday 6 p.m.-8 a.m.
Saturday-Sunday 4 p.m.-8 a.m.​​​


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Veterinary Teaching Hospital
300 West Drake Road
Fort Collins, Colorado, 80523

(970) 297-5000

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(970) 297-5000
Client Consult Line:
(970) 297-4474
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