Veterinary Frequently Asked Questions2018-03-14T20:14:04+00:00

Veterinary Frequently Asked Questions

When it comes to pet care, we understand that you have a lot of questions.  Here you will find a handful of veterinary frequently asked questions we’ve heard often at South Pittsburgh Veterinary Services.  Also, please, feel free to contact us with your specific question or to set up an an appointment.

What can I do at home for my pet’s oral health?2018-03-14T20:03:33+00:00
What about “anesthesia-free” dental cleanings? The American Veterinary Dental College does not recommend dental cleanings without anesthesia because they do not allow cleaning or inspection below the gum-line, where most dental disease occurs, and can result in injury to the pet or the person performing the procedure.

Prevention of the most common oral disease in pets consists of frequent removal of the dental plaque and tartar that forms on teeth that are not kept clean. Regularly brushing your pet’s teeth is the single most effective thing you can do to keep their teeth healthy between dental cleanings, and may reduce the frequency or even eliminate the need for periodic dental cleaning by your veterinarian. Daily brushing is best, but it’s not always possible and brushing several times a week can be effective. Most dogs accept brushing, but cats can be a bit more resistant – patience and training are important. There are many pet products marketed with claims that they improve dental health, but not all of them are effective. Talk with your veterinarian about any dental products, treats, or dental-specific diets you’re considering for your pet, or ask your veterinarian for their recommendation.

Why does dentistry require anesthesia?2018-03-14T20:06:39+00:00

When you go to the dentist, you know that what’s being done is meant to help you and keep your mouth healthy. Your dentist uses techniques to minimize pain and discomfort and can ask you how you are feeling, so you accept the procedures and do your best to keep still. Your pet does not understand the benefit of dental procedures, and he or she reacts by moving, trying to escape, or even biting. Anesthesia makes it possible to perform the dental procedures with less stress and pain for your pet. In addition, anesthesia allows for a better cleaning because your pet is not moving around and risking injury from the dental equipment. If radiographs (x-rays) are needed, your pet needs to be very still in order to get good images, and this is unlikely without heavy sedation or anesthesia. Although anesthesia will always have risks, it’s safer now than ever and continues to improve so that the risks are very low and are far outweighed by the benefits. Most pets can go home the same day of the procedure, although they might seem a little groggy for the rest of the day.

What are your hours of operation?2018-03-14T20:16:29+00:00

Allegheny South

Monday 9:00am – 7:00pm
Tuesday 9:00am – 5:00pm
Wednesday 9:00am – 5:00pm
Thursday 9:00am – 7:00pm
Friday 9:00am – 5:00pm
Saturday 9:00am – 1:00pm
Sunday – CLOSED

South Hills

Monday – CLOSED
Tuesday 9:00am – 12:00pm
Wednesday – CLOSED
Thursday – CLOSED
Friday 1:00pm – 5:00pm
Saturday 2:00pm – 5:00pm
Sunday 10:00am – 2:00pm


Monday 9:00am – 7:00pm
Tuesday 9:00am – 7:00pm
Wednesday 1:00pm – 7:00pm
Thursday 9:00am – 7:00pm
Friday – CLOSED
Saturday 9:00am – 1:00pm
Sunday – CLOSED
I have an old dog and cat. Can I still get their teeth cleaned?2018-03-14T20:12:19+00:00

Yes. As long as the animal is healthy enough to under go the anesthesia.  A preliminary exam and blood work will be needed to determine if your cat or dog is a good candidate for teeth cleaning even at an advanced age.