Many people are unaware of the importance of proper dental care for pets. Even brushing at home cannot provide removal of all of the plaque and tarter, especially under the gum line. Untreated periodontal disease can lead to bad breath, pain, tooth abscesses, and even organ damage.
Dental cleaning and polishing at our facility ensures complete removal of plaque and tarter build up. When your pet comes in for a dental procedure, you can expect the following:
- An examination will be performed, followed by pre-anesthetic blood work, if necessary. This blood work will be required if your pet is eight years of age or older. (For more information on blood work, click here).
- An IV catheter will then be placed, and your pet will remain on fluids during the procedure.
- Once anesthetized, a comprehensive oral examination will allow the doctor to determine if any extractions are necessary. If so, this is performed by the doctor, and sutures are placed to close hole(s) in the gums, allowing for a shorter healing process.
- Tarter and calculus will be removed using dental instruments including an ultrasonic scaler.
- Finally, your pet’s teeth will be polished and fluoride gel will be applied.
A doctor will determine how often your pet’s teeth need to be professionally cleaned, depending on age, breed, and diet. Your pet can return to the comfort of home just as soon as the doctor determines he or she is ready. When you pick up your pet, any special instructions and/or medications will be explained. As always, please don’t hesitate to ask if you have any questions.