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Little Mountain Veterinary Clinic

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46793 Yale Rd
Chilliwack, BC V2P2S5
Phone: 604-792-2844
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Costs of Anesthetic Free Dental Cleanings to the Pet  - Test Your Knowledge

The above patient had several anesthetic free dental cleanings. What do you see in the first image? Can you see what the veterinarian sees? Can you see what is happening in the soft tissues and bone under the gum line? Your veterinarian cannot which is why anesthetic is needed to diagnose what is going on. Treatment is based on an accurate diagnosis. Diagnosis and treatment needs a very still patient which has good pain control.

In the patient above, while the crowns of the teeth appeared cleaner there was much disease missed in the bone and tissues around the teeth. Please remember that a teeth clean in dogs and cats is different to what your dental hygienist is giving you during your teeth cleans. Your hygienist is cleaning teeth that are at an earlier stage of periodontal disease which is why it does not really hurt you. Animals are usually in advanced stages of periodontal disease and are in a lot of discomfort and pain - many try to hide it, others snap, bite or flinch. Patients under anesthetic can be woken up due to the terrible pain they are in which is why veterinary dentists give local anesthetics and use multimodal analgesic protocols to reduce this pain. Non anesthetic dental cleanings are not gentle and are not pain free. Please do not underestimate this pain. Your pets are usually very polite to you.

White crowns do not mean that the tooth is clean -how are the roots - this is where the pain is in periodontal disease.

Cost to the Pet

Loss of teeth over the years despite the anesthetic free dental cleanings because the disease deep under the gum line is not addressed. 

Chronic pain

Enduring a painful procedure

Years of exposure of organs to the poisons produced by harmful oral microorganisms leading to chronic systemic diseases in the kidneys, liver and heart

Cost to the Owner

The cost of the procedure each time it is performed.

The cost when the patient goes to the veterinarian for extractions or restorative treatments

The emotional disappointment that the procedures did not work

What you can do

Please spread the word to your friends and relatives to see your veterinarian about the oral health of your pet. It is good medicine to have your pet anesthetized for the teeth clean. The teeth must be X-rayed to see what is happening in the bone. At Little Mountain Veterinary Clinic Dr Banyard shows you the images and the X-rays of your pet's mouth to make sure you know what is happening to your pet.

If you do your part of daily brushing your pet's teeth inside and outside the mouth and take your pet in to see your vet for regular teeth cleans under anesthetic you will ensure your pet has a healthy and comfortable mouth for it's life time. If your pet's gums are red do not brush the teeth as they are sensitive.

For more information please refer to Healthy Mouth, Healthy Pet: Why Dental Care Matters. Available at Amazon,  AAHA and VIN book stores.

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Doctor's Hours
Monday 9am -12pm 2pm - 4:30pm
Tuesday 9am -12pm 2pm - 4:30pm
Wednesday 9am -12pm Doctor not in
Thursday 9am -12pm 3pm - 4:30pm
Friday 9am -12pm 2pm - 4:30pm
Saturday 9am -12pm Closed

Dr Banyard's Blog

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Surgery to Treat Cancer in the Mouth of a Dog: Fred's Story


Our new videos:

The Tale of Two Dogs with Bad Dental Disease: Part 1 Zoey's Story

The Tale of Two Dogs with Bad Dental Disease: Part 2 Sally's Story


Weather Alert:‚Äč We are closed today until further notice due to freezing rain and hazardous driving conditions. Be safe and stay off the roads until driving conditions are no longer hazardous. We apologize of any inconvenience to you and your pets.


In our newest video we tell you what gum recession is and show you a few tips on how to recognize it.

Gum recession - What is it?

New Video on You Tube:

Extraction in a dog with stage 4 periodontal disease: Part 3 Extraction

New Video on You Tube:

Extraction in a dog with stage 4 periodontal disease: Part 2 X-rays 

This video shows x-rays of the upper right and left molar teeth at the back of the mouth in this dog. These teeth are hidden from view so this is very easily missed by pet owners.


Extraction  in a Dog with stage 4 periodontal disease: Part 1 Oral Exam

This series of 3 short videos shows what the vet sees in the oral exam. Remember that now all the disease is seen. X-rays are needed to see how severe the problem is.


How often should I take my dog or cat for a teeth clean by the veterinarian?

Do you ever wonder about how often your pet needs to have a professional teeth clean? You are not alone. Here is the answer and reasons why.


New video on You Tube:

Pointers on brushing teeth in dogs and cats with pet dentist, Jo Banyard: Dentistry for Pet Owners 101

This is for people who need a few ideas on how to best start out brushing their pet's teeth. For further information watch Dr Banyard's other videos on you tube,  'Dentistry for Pet Owners 101' and 'Professional teeth clean in a dog: Parts 1 to 7'.

Emergency Service

24/7 emergency service is very costly to MediCare and no less costly to veterinarians. The following Emergency clinics are best equipped for your pet's emergency needs. For after hour emergency service please call:

1. Animal Emergency Clinic of the Fraser Valley

Hours: Open 24/7


 #306-6325 204th Street,

Langley, B.C.  Canada V2Y 3B3


2. Abbotsford Valley Animal Emergency Clinic

Hours: Monday to Saturday 5pm to 8:00 am, Sunday and weekends 24hours


C-2388 McCallum Rd, Abbotsford, BC V2S 3P4


Meet The Doctor

Meet Dr. Banyard Dr Josephine Banyard graduated from the Western College of Veterinary Medicine, University of Saskatchewan in 1981 and became a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Dentistry in 2013. She and her husband, Dr Reynolds opened Little Mountain Veterinary Clinic 1995. Together they have been practising in the Chilliwack area since 1985. They have two grown sons. Dr Banyard enjoys painting, reading, sewing, family and friends. Read More



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