- About Us -
With three locations in Sherman Oaks, Santa Monica and West Hollywood, Green Dog Dental & Wellness is the leading veterinary dental healthcare provider in Los Angeles. Established in 2013, Green Dog Dental & Wellness was born to provide a safe and affordable alternative to traditional veterinary medicine. By promoting an active approach in disease prevention from an early age, Green Dog is allowing patients to live longer, happier, and healthier lives. How do we do this? By focusing on keeping all body systems healthy, structured around consistent, preventative oral health and hygiene. Before Green Dog, there was only one costly veterinary option to combat dental disease. To address this, Green Dog keeps a simple promise - to take a human approach to pet dental health and wellness.
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- FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS -
In order to give you an accurate estimate you must bring your pet in for veterinary dental exam. The exam includes detailed dental charting, and sometimes pictures and videos. After the exam is complete you’ll receive a private one-on-one consult with our veterinarian. They’ll be able to give you a full assessment of what your pet needs and what type of procedure they recommend.
Types of procedures that are commonly recommended are: dental extractions, endodontics (root canal therapy), periodontal surgery (gum surgery), composite repairs and other tooth saving procedures.
If you would like to have an online dental consultation, you can click here to submit a request.
Dental cleanings under anesthesia are the gold standard of veterinary dentistry. However, there are instances in which anesthesia can be avoided. Green Dog Dentals are performed while your pet is awake. Therefore, we strive to create a fear-free, stress-free environment for all our patients. We believe that the experience for each pet begins at the door, that is why we make sure your pet feels comfortable and safe. There is a lot of touching, cuddling and socializing prior to beginning the procedure.
The Green Dog Dental is composed of a four step process:
- First: Comprehensive Veterinary Dental Exam
We begin with a comprehensive veterinary dental exam to determine if your pet is a good candidate for the non-anesthetic dental cleaning. Pets are taken to the treatment area and given a veterinary exam, they are then gently placed on their side while we perform a complete oral exam with full dental charting. If it is determined that your pet is not a candidate for a Green Dog Dental, our on-site veterinarian will discuss those findings and options with you.
- Second: Dental Scaling & Polishing
Under veterinary supervision, your pet will receive a thorough dental scaling of the buccal and lingual surfaces, going beneath the gumlines, using a combination of ultrasonic (water tipped) and hand scaling techniques. Lastly, each procedure finishes with a dental polish, which helps slow plaque accumulation and tartar buildup.
- Third: Private Veterinary Consultation
Each client receives a private consultation with our veterinarian at the end of the exam/cleaning to discuss all of the findings and recommendations as well as address any additional health concerns.
- Fourth: Dental & Healthcare Plan
Each patient has is given an individual assessment regarding their overall health as well as when they return for their next dental cleaning, and information regarding at home care.
At Green Dog Dental we create a calm, stress-free, fear-free environment so pets feel as though they are visiting a friend, rather than a veterinary office. There is no nose-to-nose contact with any of our pet patients. We also have several calming essential oils diffusing throughout the clinic so pets can not smell other animals when they arrive.
Prior to starting the procedure our technicians spend some time on the floor with the animals establishing trust, socializing, touching them, rubbing their bellies and touching their face.
Our dental technicians are experienced, understand animal behavior and have exceptional animal handling skills for this procedure. Our technicians sit on the floor at eye level with the pets to make them feel more comfortable and before beginning the procedure they spend time talking to their patients to make sure they are trusting and feel safe.
In the rare occasion we have a patient who’s very anxious, we will utilize our swaddle method, comfortably swaddling the pet as we do with human infants.
If all above techniques do not work and your pet is still stressed or nervous, we will not proceed with the dental cleaning. Our veterinarian can offer a light sedative to take the edge off for those more anxious or aggressive pets.
Sedation: Is the use of IV chemical restraint WITHOUT ANESTHESIA. This sedation is typically in the form of a tranquilizer, a analgesic (opiate), and a muscle relaxant (benzodiazepine). That combination of medication is a safer alternative to anesthesia, and is reversible. This means that the patient wakes up smoothly, and is typically 100% recovered within 24 hours.
Anesthesia: is when patients are under general gas anesthesia, and are monitored using anesthetic monitor equipment during the procedure. There is a higher risk of life threatening complication in these cases. Recovery time is generally longer than with sedation.
Not only is bad breath and tartar buildup unappealing, but its effects contribute to serious health complications in our pets. According to the American Veterinary Dental Society (AVDS), 70-80% of dogs and cats show periodontal disease by the age of 3.
Dental disease is a reservoir for bacteria that can enter the bloodstream and cause secondary complications and disease to vital organs such as the heart, liver, kidneys and lungs. Damage to these organs has been proven to decrease the lifespan of our pets.
With a good oral health program and biannual dental cleanings, we can better control bacteria from spreading beneath the gum line. This helps prevent the development of gingivitis, periodontitis (advanced gum disease) and other serious life-threatening illnesses.