What if you could add years to your pet’s life?
It is not likely that you would allow years to go between your dental visits. Surprisingly, pet dental care is one of the most commonly overlooked areas of pet care. Studies indicate that 80 % of dogs and 70% of cats begin to show signs of oral disease by age 3. Dental disease can lead to health problems including heart, lung and kidney disease. There are four different stages of periodontal disease. Beginning dental care early and taking steps throughout your pet’s life, will help keep your pet healthy. A collaborative effort between pet owners and veterinarians is necessary to prevent periodontal and related diseases.
Just like humans, our pets require routine professional dental cleanings. An ultrasonic dental cleaning requires your pet to be sedated. Prior to sedation, all patients receive a full evaluation. Blood work and an ECG provide information about your pet’s systemic and cardiovascular health. The dental procedure begins with a full oral examination. Special attention is paid to the health of each tooth and the associated gingival tissue. Abnormalities can range from gum recession to tumors in the oral cavity. It is at this time that we often discover that a pet may require extractions. Tooth removal is reserved for situations only when necessary. We do not like for pets to lose teeth; but at times, it may be necessary when a tooth or root is loose and/or diseased.
Every surface of the tooth is cleaned with an ultrasonic scaler during the cleaning process. Careful cleaning beneath the gum line is very important. After each tooth is cleaned, a fluoride treatment is performed. We photograph your pet’s mouth before and after the dental procedure. Clients LOVE this because a picture really is worth a thousand words! Pain management, as always, is important. As you can imagine, oral pain can be associated with dental cleanings. An injectable pain medication is administered prior to the dental cleaning and oral medication is dispensed for a few days following the procedure. It is also not uncommon to place patients on antibiotics for several days before and after a dental cleaning if needed.
Continued oral care at home is extremely important in keeping your pet healthy. We have a full line of dental care products to help you succeed. With the help of our veterinarians and staff, we will devise a dental regimen dedicated to your pet’s specific needs.