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Balboa Pet Hospital

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3329 Balboa Street
San Francisco, CA 94121
Phone: 1-415-752-3300
Fax: 1-415-752-8782

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Monday7:30 AM6:00 PM
Tuesday7:30 AM6:00 PM
Wednesday7:30 AM6:00 PM
Thursday7:30 AM6:00 PM
Friday7:30 AM6:00 PM
Saturday7:30 AM5:00 PM
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Pet Dental Exams – From Your Veterinary Dentist in San Francisco

Pet dental care is often overlooked by owners, which is understandable. While most people grow up going to the dentist and brushing their teeth regularly, they rarely grow up doing the same for their pets. But modern pet dentistry is an important part of maintaining a pet’s overall health. Clean teeth and gums prevent gum disease – which can be dangerous to your pet if left untreated. As your veterinary dentist in San Francisco, we are your resource for pet dental care. Please contact us now to learn more!

Dog getting his teeth brushed at his San Francisco veterinary dentist.

Why is a Pet Dental Exam Important?

Much like their owners, pets can experience dental problems and eventually suffer from dental diseases that can compromise their health. Over time, plaque will develop on your pet’s teeth. Eventually that plaque will harden into tarter, which can lead to infection in the gum – otherwise known as periodontal disease. If the infection progresses far enough, it can cause the bone connected to the tooth to deteriorate.

A regular pet dental exam allows us to look carefully at your pet’s teeth and gums. We can suggest things you can do to help protect your pet’s dental health, like regular brushing, and we can identify signs of periodontal disease. When we can spot periodontal disease and other dental problems early on, we can treat them more effectively.

A pet dental exam can screen for a variety of issues, including:

  • Periodontal disease
  • Broken or chipped teeth
  • Abscesses or infections
  • Tumors
  • Cysts
  • Bite misalignment
  • Resorptive lesions
  • Oral pain

Your pet can go for a long time without giving any indication that something is wrong. Regular dental exams let us find issues now, instead of later.

Cat Dental Cleaning and Dog Dental Cleaning in San Francisco

Given enough time, most cats and dogs require a dental cleaning. A dental cleaning includes anesthesia to make it possible for us to get up under the gum line – where it is most important to clean away plaque and tartar. With periodic cleanings, we can protect your pet from ever getting periodontal disease. As your vet, we can advise you on when your pet needs a cat dental cleaning or dog dental cleaning in San Francisco.

Avoid Anesthesia-Free Pet Dental Cleanings

You may see advertisements for “anesthesia-free” cleanings for your pet. We encourage you to avoid these offerings, as they are not adequate for the prevention of periodontal disease. A proper dental cleaning gets up under the gum line, which can be uncomfortable and even painful – hence why a true cleaning always involves anesthesia. Without anesthesia, it is highly unlikely that all the plaque and tartar can be removed from your pet’s teeth. Furthermore, attempting to clean your pet’s teeth while fully awake can be more stressful to your pet.

Schedule an Appointment with Your Veterinary Dentist in San Francisco

Your pet’s dental health is important to us. We invite you to schedule an appointment for a dental exam. And remember, dental exams are also included in a comprehensive pet exam. As your veterinary dentist in San Francisco, we are standing by to assist you!

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New clients receive 15% OFF first visit.

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  •           8/29/2017

    I love Balboa Pet Hospital! Balboa Pet Hospital's staff is amazing! The staff is knowledgeable, caring and above all honest! I feel confident that my pets are getting the best possible care there. The staff has always taken time to answer all of my questions and if I think of something after my appointment, I can just email! I know I won’t have to wait too long for response.

    Unfortunately, this year I’ve had to make some really difficult decisions. The compassion the staff showed to both my pet and I made these unbearable times tolerable. I am indebted to both Dr. Del Rosso and (the wonderful) Dr. Ravn for their kindness, compassion and dedication.

    If you are new to the area or just looking for a new vet, please give Balboa pet Hospital a call!

  •           6/5/2017

    LOVE everything about this place!!! The people are all super nice & caring. I never feel like they’re trying to sell me stuff I don’t need. The vets (especially Dr. Alice Chan) are wonderful, I always fee; comfortable coming here whenever Walle has an issue. They even help me file the insurance claims after each visit! Would highly recommended any pet owners to see them for their fur-baby needs.

  •           6/5/2017

    My dog has been a regular patient since 7 years ago. Once in a while we visit other hospitals due to time conflicts. However, we always go back to Balboa Pet Hospital. My dog has bad allergy and the doctors and assistants always follow up with us after the treatments or visits, help us submit the insurance claims. It’s not a cheapest place to go but their patience and caring are irreplaceable.

  •           4/28/2017

    I’m glad to have found Balboa Pet Hospital near my home. It’s definitely a hidden gem! Dr. Chan saw my dog, Oreo, for her skin problem last week, and my three cats, Pepper, Tofu and Cola, today for annual check-up. She’s very patient (especially with Oreo who’s shy to strangers), knowledgeable and approachable. The front staffs are also very friendly and helpful. They are so prompt to reply my email (within a few hours when I checked back my mailbox). All my pets are about 1-year-old and I’ll definitely bring them here for their health issues/checkup in many years followed.

  •           5/4/2017

    Brought my dog here for a checkup and some minor concerns. Dr. Chan was very professional. She got my dog the treatment he needed and answered all my questions regarding my concerns. The rest of the staff were very friendly and gentle with my dog. You could tell that the staff are genuine animal lovers; definitely something you want when you entrust the health of your pet to someone.

  •           5 of 5

    Been bringing our animals to Balboa for over 25 years and will continue because they provide great advice and care. We love Dr. D and staff are really helpful and friendly. Now if I can find medical care for myself like my animals get at Balboa...

  •           5 of 5

    I have been a patron of Balboa Pet Hospital for almost 500 years now (wink). I love Everybody there and feel they are have always been a great resource and the BEST support system for everything pertaining to my pets.


    The staff is very kind and gentle, the doctors are very caring and patient when dealing with my scared cat Lulu. I appreciate the time they took to put her at ease and making this procedure as painless as possible for the both of us. Will definitely be spreading the word. Thank you Balboa Pet Hospital.

    Linda P. San Francisco, CA

    The staff is so kind and helpful but most importantly the vets there are super nice. Big shout out especially to Dr. Ravn, one of the most compassionate persons I've ever met. I was distraught recently because my elderly kitty was really sick, Dr. Ravn squeezed me into her busy schedule, hugged me and took care of my kitty right away. I felt like a weight was lifted off my shoulders. She's always so patient and spends time to explain what her thoughts are and works with you on a plan of action. She always personally follows up and give me additional insights and recommendations. I rarely met a vet so dedicated to both patients and their owners.

    Flo A (12/7/2017)

    They are professional and dedicated to take care of the pets. It is my our first time have pet dog and they are actually helpful guiding us to have a healthy baby dog. Thanks for the staff for being friendly and approachable. Keep loving your work and people will most likely to appreciate you.

    Dyan M. (11/22/2017)

    Family has been coming to Balboa since the early 1980's with our
    first cat, Rascal, then Kahlua & Tommy, Annie, Tigger & Rocco,
    Rosie, Chelsea, and Ruby. Two more kittens (Rose and Shadow)
    will be joining too. Wouldn't trust anyone else.


    I have been taking cats to Balboa Pet Hospital for more than 30
    years. The veterinarians and staff have always taken excellent care
    of my cats. They helped me keep the cats healthy and happy &
    have always been great when the cats were ill