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Just like us, pets need dental care too. Each time your pet is in the office for their annual exam, the doctor gives them a tartar and gingivitis score. These numbers are used to determine if your pet may need a dental. Oral disease is the most frequently diagnosed health problem for pets.
Warning signs that your pet may need dental care include:
If your pet is exhibiting any of the above symptoms, it would be a good idea to schedule an appointment for them. Periodontal disease may cause damage to other organs such as the heart, liver, and kidneys or lead to other health problems. Outdoor dogs and dogs that chew on harder objects are more prone to breaking a tooth, which can cause your pet pain and discomfort.
If the doctor determines that your pet is in need of a teeth cleaning or tooth extraction, they will recommend how soon you should schedule an appointment. Serious issues will need to be taken care of as soon as possible, but routine cleanings can be scheduled farther out.
Dental procedures are scheduled for Tuesday, & Wednesday mornings. You will need to drop your pet off between 7:00 a.m. & 7:30 a.m. If mornings are not an option for you, we can schedule the dental for Wednesday morning and you can drop your pet off before 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday evening.
A pet dental is a surgical procedure that requires your pet to be anesthetized. Like all surgeries, we recommend preanesthetic bloodwork to help ensure your pet's safety. If your pet is 7 years or older, preanesthetic bloodwork is required due to the increased health risk of older patients. For these pets, we also offer an expanded blood panel that gives us more detail than the basic preanesthetic bloodwork.
During your pet's dental, an ultrasonic scaler is used to remove the tartar buildup on the teeth. Once the teeth are clearly visible, the doctor will check the teeth to see if there are any defects, missing teeth, gum disease, and to see if any need to be pulled. If one or more teeth do need to be removed, it may be necessary to schedule another appointment due to the length of the procedure. The teeth are then polished to smooth any rough areas left from the cleaning that could allow tartar to build up quicker and enhance their appearance.
Your pet will be able to go home the same day, pickup between 4:00 & 4:30 or later on Tuesday evenings if needed. After you have paid, an assistant or doctor will go over your pet's dental report card, explain post surgical care, cover any medications that your pet may have been prescribed, and answer any questions that you may have.
We stock a variety of products to help you care for your pet's teeth at home. If you are not sure what product would be best for your situation, please ask a staff member to assist you!