Dental Care for Pets
Dental health in our pets is important because it can lead to things such as bad breath, coughing, anorexia, and in the most severe cases, endocarditis. Dental disease, also referred to as periodontal disease, is a condition in which there is a buildup of plaque, tartar, and bacteria on the teeth and underneath the gums.
The process of a dental cleaning requires general anesthesia. It begins the night before with fasting your pet overnight. They will be dropped off the morning of their dental, and they go home that afternoon. We run pre-anesthetic bloodwork and do a thorough physical exam before the anesthesia to ensure there are no underlying issues with your pet. During the cleanings, our amazing technicians clean, polish, and fluoride all teeth! They also check for abnormalities within the mouth, such as slab fractures, retained baby teeth, dead teeth, tumors, or deep pockets that could lead to abscesses. If the doctor feels necessary, these teeth do get removed with the addition of local anesthesia!
This dog has moderate periodontal disease, and his teeth cleaned up beautifully! No extractions necessary!