Many people are unaware of the importance of 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 decay, and even organ damage. Dental cleaning and polishing at our facility ensure 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, please see our Laboratory page). An IV catheter will then be placed, and your pet will remain on fluids during the procedure. Once anesthetized, further examination of the mouth 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, therefore allowing for a shorter healing process. Tarter and calculus will be removed using dental instruments including an ultrasonic scaler. Finally, your pets teeth will be polished and fluoride gel applied. A doctor will determine how often your pet’s teeth need to be professionally cleaned, depending on age, breed and diet. As with most procedures offered here, your pet can go home the same day.