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  Welcome to Washington Family Veterinary Clinic

February is..

National Pet Dental Health Month!

Dental disease is the #1 disease in cats and dogs!

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What is dental disease and how does it start?

As your pet eats, food particles accumulate on and between tooth surfaces. Bacteria in the mouth digest these particles to form plaque, a sticky yellow film seen on the teeth. As this infection spreads, dental disease starts.

What is tarter, gingivitis and periodontal disease?

Plaque builds up, the bacteria causes infection to the gums known as “gingivitis,” a red line along the teeth. Eventually, plaque hardens to form “tarter,” which holds the infection to the tooth surface and pushes bacteria under the gum line. “Periodontal disease” is the deeper infection of the teeth and roots which ultimately results in the loss of the infected teeth.

Can bad teeth be harmful to my pet?

Dirty teeth may smell bad and look bad, but the damage that you don’t see is much worse! The gum tissue has an extensive blood supply. When infections start, these bacteria get into your pet’s circulation and eventually leads to heart, liver, kidney, bone, and joint disease, including organ failure.


  • Bad breath
  • Drooling
  • Frequent licking
  • Inflammation of the gums
  • Bleeding
  • Obvious tarter buildup
  • Just not feeling well due to fighting infection


Located in St. George , Utah the veterinarians at Washington Family Veterinary Clinic are committed to your pet's health. Dr. King and Dr. Barton have been working as veterinarians in the St. George area for the past 10-11 years and came together and founded Washington Family Veterinary Clinic in 2009.  Washington Family Veterinary Clinic excels in the science of veterinary medicine and brings a whole new meaning to quality practice.  Dr. Jace King, Dr. Clayton Barton, Dr. Heather Boyter, and our staff have excelled in compassionate veterinary care in the St. George and Washington area.

Washington Family Veterinary Clinic is a full-service animal hospital whose mission is to provide the highest standard of veterinary care for your pets. We provide friendly, informative, and supportive services for you and your pet, while maintaining a superior working environment for our employees.

Our 4,000-square foot facility has four examination rooms, a euthanasia room, large surgery suite, spacious waiting area, EKG, digital radiography, blood pressure and oxygen monitoring.  We also have an in house blood machine and pharmacy. Other services include routine and orthopedic surgeries, specialized vaccinations, prevention and treatment, nutrition and behavior, dental hygiene, micro-chipping, chemotherapy and wellness exams. We also carry the Hill's Prescription and Science Diet Line of Canine & Feline Food.

Washington Family Veterinary Clinic offers a one stop for your pet's health, medical & nutritional care.

Your Pets . . . Our Family!

We are open for appointments during normal business hours and on Saturdays by appointment only. We offer emergency services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week if Doctor's are available.

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We all wanted to say "Thank You!" Your office has always treated us well. Butch says "Thank You" as well. He feels so much better & is doing great, even though some of his teeth are missing! Thank you again for always treating us and our animals with great respect & care.

Butch & "The Murphy's"

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