• COVID-19

    Arizona Veterinary Dental Specialists will remain open during the COVID-19 pandemic.



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  • Veterinary Dentistry & Oral Surgery

    As board certified experts in veterinary dentistry, we provide the highest level of dental care and oral surgery to pets of all kinds. We welcome all oral surgery and oral cancer patients. Read More
  • Comprehensive Pet Dental Cleanings

    Annual dental cleanings under anesthesia are not only a vital part of your pet's oral health, but their overall health. Schedule your pet's professional dental cleaning. Read More
  • Specialized Veterinary Dental Facilities

    Four locations in Phoenix and Tucson, each equipped with state-of-the-art equipment to handle all types of pet dental procedures, oral surgery and anesthesia. Read More
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Welcome to Arizona Veterinary Dental Specialists

We hope you'll find our site a comprehensive resource for your pet's dental health and discover the level of experience and expertise our board certified veterinary dentistry practice provides to our many pet patients. 

When it comes to your dog or cat's dental needs including cleanings, extractions, oral surgery, oral cancers and other pet dental conditions, you can count on us for the highest level of care and expertise.

Five locations to serve you and your pets.

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  • What is a Veterinary Dentist?
  • Safe Pet Anesthesia
  • Why Not Anesthesia Free?

Board Certified Veterinary Dentists are veterinarians who have completed a doctorate in veterinary medicine and surgery (a 4 year medical degree) after years of college (often 4 years) and then complete a formal training program (a residency) in veterinary dentistry under the direct supervision of a Diplomate Residency Director. Before they are called a veterinary dental specialist they must complete all AVDC training requirements and pass the AVDC examination.

A Diplomate of the American Veterinary Dental College (AVDC) is a veterinarian who has been certified by AVDC as having demonstrated specialist knowledge and expertise in veterinary dentistry. AVDC is recognized as the specialist certification organization in veterinary dentistry in North America by the American Board of Veterinary Specialties. AVDC diplomates are veterinary dental specialists.

Only veterinarians who have passed the program by the AVDC are allowed to call themselves Board Certified Veterinary DentistsTM.

Dr. Visser discusses the importance of choosing a veterinary dentist.

At Arizona Veterinary Dental Specialists, we are all pet owners, and very much understand it can feel uncomfortable to put your dog or cat under anesthesia, especially if they are older. Watch as Dr. Visser explains our anesthesia expertise, protocols and the great care we take with each animal under our care.

Reasons NOT to use anesthesia free pet dental cleanings for your dogs or cats:

  1. A thorough exam and cleaning can’t be done on a dog or cat that is awake. Anesthesia allows us to properly care for your pet’s teeth safely, adequately and without pain.
  2. Most oral disease happens below your pet’s gum line and dental x-rays are the only way to identify painful problems such as fractured teeth, periodontal disease or other problems. Dental x-rays can’t be performed on an awake pet.
  3. Cleaning and scaling below the gum line is important because it’s where periodontal disease is most active. This can’t be done without anesthesia.
  4. Anesthesia free dental cleanings require a pet to be restrained while having their teeth scraped, which is both stressful and likely painful for them..
  5. There are significantly increasing numbers of pets who, after a number of years of anesthesia free dental cleanings, have developed severe periodontal disease resulting in multiple extractions or need for extensive treatment.

For more information and to learn the facts about anesthesia free pet dental cleaning offers we encourage you to visit www.avdc.org/AFD, a site specifically for pet owners and their questions about their pet's dental health. 

At Arizona Veterinary Dental Specialists we are strongly against anesthesia free dental cleanings and are commited to educating the public about the risks to their pets. A proper pet dental cleaning should always be performed by a veterinarian and involve safe anesthesia and dental radiographs. Learn about professional pet dental cleanings available at Arizona Veterinary Dental Specialists.

At Arizona Veterinary Dental Specialists we love pets and want to introduce you to some of ours!



Winnie belongs to Starlene who is a CSR in Gilbert.



Brew belongs to Stephanie who is a CSR at our Glendale location.


Darwin belongs to Dr. Adrian.


Honey belongs to Shania who is a CSR at our Scottsdale & Gilbert locations.

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