According to the Ontario Veterinary Medical Association, 70% of cats and 80% of dogs suffer some form of dental disease by the age of 2 or 3. When untreated, it can lead to much more serious and painful complications, such as infections, jaw fractures, or tooth root abscesses.
Dental care is an essential part to an animal’s overall health.
Toronto Humane Society Public Veterinary Services dental program is designed for young and healthy animals who would benefit from a preventative dental cleaning and treatment. Our clinic is not equipped to provide prolonged general anesthesia for patients who are high-risk, either due to advanced age or health conditions.
A dental procedure is a more intensive procedure than a routine spay or neuter as the pet is under anesthesia for much longer. For this reason, we require dental patients to be under 10 years old and in good health. We do not offer dental services to English Bulldogs, French Bulldogs, and Pugs due to their high risk of anesthetic complications.
All dental patients need to have a surgical consultation with one of our veterinarians to determine the extent of the dental disease and evaluate the patient’s overall health. This is to determine whether a dental procedure is in the best interest of your pet, as well as to provide a cost estimate based on the extent of dental treatment required.
A presurgical blood test is strongly recommended and can be performed at the time of the surgical consultation. If our veterinarians feel that your pet is not healthy enough to undergo anesthesia, we reserve the right to decline your pet for dental treatment.
By providing families with access to dental care, we help to prevent more serious health complications down the road. These complications can be extremely costly, with advanced dental disease often numbering in the thousands.
This can leave many loving pet parents facing a difficult decision, whether they can keep their pets.
Dental care not only prevents more serious health issues, but it also helps to prevent animal surrenders and keeps pets where they belong – at home with their family.
Appointments will have an initial consultation when we learn a little more about your pet and discuss any concerns or questions you may have.
After your consultation, a Client Service Agent will assist you with booking your dental procedure appointment and take your deposit.
Click here for our dental care pricing guide. Please note the prices are effective from January 1st, 2024.
For more information on the importance of establishing a relationship with a local full-service veterinarian for your pet, please click here.
Affordability of pet care is the largest barrier that pet parents face when trying to provide for their animals. It is with this understanding that we have built our operations to help overcome this hurdle and keep pets with their families.
Our services offer subsidized and discounted rates for individuals currently receiving income supplementation from:
Proof of subsidy will be required and must be registered to the pet owner. A monthly statement which includes the owners full name, and breakdown of costs received is the only acceptable form of proof. Drug cards are not sufficient.
Discounts are available to qualifying individuals and can be found within the fee guides listed above.
Additionally, qualifying Rescues and Animal Welfare Agencies may also qualify for discounts and service subsidies. If you are a representative of a rescue or Animal Welfare Agency and would like to discuss further options please contact our Senior Manager, Client Care and Partnerships here.
Our clinic is located at 11 River Street, east of downtown Toronto. Our clinic entrance is at the back of the building, through a bright green door.
Parking is available in the visitor’s parking lot behind the building (spaces are limited. Please do not block any garbage/ recycling bins or fire routes for both our building and our neighbors.
**PLEASE MAKE SURE TO BRING ALL DOGS ON LEASH, AND CATS IN A SECURE CARRIER**
Click here to book your dental service. You need to create a profile or login to your existing account in order to see the appointment calendar. For more information on how to setup up a personal profile for you and your pet(s), please read our step-by-step How to Create an Appointment Guide. If you are having issues with the booking portal, please click here for FAQs.
Please note, we currently release appointments twice a month (every other Tuesday). Appointments are released at 8:00 am. For specific release dates, click here.
There is a very high demand for these appointment slots and they fill up very quickly. If there are no appointments available, it is because we are fully booked for the month. Appointments can occasionally become available throughout the month if other clients cancel or reschedule.
You may receive a message while trying to schedule an appointment that asks you to call the clinic if no appointments are available. Unfortunately, this message is a software glitch and should be ignored. If there are not any appointments available online it is because are we fully booked. If you would like to call the clinic with any other inquiries we are happy to answer any questions you may have!
Please remember that if you receive income supplementation from: Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP), Ontario Works (OW), Guaranteed Income Supplement (GIS) ), And or, Possess a Certificate of Indigenous Status (CIS), to notify your client service agent at the time of booking in order to receive the correct service rate.
**We strongly recommend all patients are up to date on their vaccines prior to coming in for surgery.