What to Expect from Our Dental Treatments
Dental treatments require general anesthesia and radiographs/x-rays. It helps to keep your pet and our staff safe during the procedure, as well as allowing us to get a complete view 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
Call us to set up your next cleaning.
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 and toys
- Prescription dental diets