Dental Care for Dogs

Dental disease in dogs is often missed or put off but should be addressed to keep your dog happy and healthy. We all want to get the happy, non-smelly kisses. Make sure that you routinely have a look into your dog’s mouth to see what may be going on. Concerns range from smell, redness, right through to oozing and loose teeth. The mouth can be uncomfortable when it has issues and taking care of it will make your dog feel better.

What types of canine dental care services are offered at your clinic?

We are able to offer dental care here to help your dog. We offer dental cleanings (with scaling and polishing), removal of loose teeth and teeth with root exposure and general maintenance. All this is done under a general anesthetic. When your dog is asleep we can check all the areas in the mouth, ultrasonically scale the teeth and polish them up. We are able to locally block any problem areas where teeth may be removed to cut down on discomfort. We are also able to offer a referral to a board-certified dental surgeon if your dog’s needs are greater or their dental x-rays are warranted. They are local and work well with us in your dog’s care.

How often should I brush my dog’s teeth?

It would be great to brush your dog’s teeth as often as you are able to brush yours! It reduces bacteria and debris, which in turn slows down the build-up of plaque and tartar. Thus, the more frequently that you can brush your dog’s teeth the better for its overall health.

Why is oral and dental health important?

Oral and dental health are very important to help avoid other health concerns. The mouth carries a lot of bacteria and with poor hygiene, the bacteria is able to travel from the mouth to the rest of your dog. It can easily lead to other health concerns. We all want happy kisses from our dog and a clean mouth is better for this.


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Dear Clients,

As Ontario continues its reopening, we are excited to see our community get closer to a sense of normalcy. We applaud the significant effort and sacrifices you and your family have made to help us get this far.


At Manitou Animal Hospital our primary goal is to care for your beloved pets. By extension, this means keeping you as a pet parent healthy as well. Many of you have already recently visited the hospital and have personally experienced the additional safety procedures we have put in place to ensure the well-being of you and your pets using our “closed waiting room” policy.

Our "closed waiting room" policy:

  1. When you arrive in the parking lot, please remain outside the hospital and use your cell phone to call 519-893-1360. We will take a history of your pet's health and discuss any concerns.
  2. A staff member will then meet you outside to bring your pet into the hospital for an examination.
    We ask that you remain in the parking lot and keep your phone turned on.
  3. The Veterinarian will call you once the physical exam is complete to discuss the recommended treatment plan.
  4. We encourage credit card over the phone as the preferred payment method. We can also accept e-transfer.
  5. A staff member will bring your pet and any medications back outside to you.

During the coming months and as long as COVID-19 continues to circulate in our community we at Manitou will continue to offer our services using these enhanced safety procedures, including the curbside and closed waiting room service model. For the health and safety of everyone, we will not be able to have you accompany your pet(s) into the clinic for procedures at this time. We unfortunately would just not be able to meet proper physical distancing requirements and ensure your safety and our team's.

We typically have a significant number of clients [100+] visit our clinic daily whether it be for medication, food or for a visit with the veterinarian or vet technician. Space in the front room and the exam rooms is very small, a well documented factor for increased risk of COVID transmission. If everyone were to come inside our clinic, even with masks on, it would significantly increase the risk of COVID exposure to each client entering the clinic as well as our staff. We are simply not willing to risk the health of you, your family and our staff. We know that with continued effort we will get through this together. We sincerely appreciate your patience and help in working with us during these challenging times.

Until then, we promise to give each and every one of your pets the very best care and a ton of hugs and kisses when they are in for a visit. We always treat them as if they were one of our own and look forward to seeing them!


Your dedicated care team at Manitou Animal Hospital


We are OPEN with the following hours:

Monday to Thursday: 8:00 am - 7:00 pm
Friday: 8:00am - 6:00pm
Saturday: 8:00 am - 12:00 pm (food and medication pickup only)
Sunday: CLOSED