Good Health Depends on Pet Dental Care
Pet dental care is a vital component of your pet’s overall well-being. Your pet needs consistent at-home care as well as professional dental treatments from Leesburg Vet in order to keep their mouth (and whole self) healthy. A professional dental treatment also allows us to perform a more comprehensive examination that assesses the health of your pet’s entire mouth—not just what we can see when they let us during an annual exam!
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What to Expect from Our Dental Treatments
Dental treatments require general anesthesia. It helps to keep your pet and our staff safe during the procedure, as well as allows us to get a good look, and a good clean, of your pet’s entire mouth. Before their procedure, we’ll perform a physical exam as well as bloodwork to ensure they are healthy enough for anesthesia. For older pets, we may also perform an ECG to check for any heart arrhythmias. Once your pet is cleared, we’ll administer the anesthesia and set them up with extensive monitoring equipment so we can keep an eye out for any sudden changes in their vitals.
The dental procedure itself includes:
- A thorough examination of your pet’s teeth and gums
- Ultrasonic scaling of each tooth
- Polishing and fluoride treatment to prevent future plaque buildup
- Extractions of severely damaged or broken teeth, only if needed
- Digital dental x-rays to assess for disease below the gum line
At-Home Care Advice
Brushing your pet’s teeth is the best form of preventive care at home. However, we know that busy schedules and uncooperative pets can make things difficult. To help you, our staff can show you the proper method for brushing. Additionally, we can set you up with pet dental care products that suit you and your pet. Common products besides toothpaste and brushes include:
- Water additives
- Dental chews
- Prescription dental diets
- Dental toys
- And more!
Ask us for more information regarding pet dental care and we’ll be happy to share our knowledge with you!