Oral health is an important factor in your pet's overall well-being. We examine your pet’s teeth and gums as part of the annual exam. As pets age, tartar and plaque accumulate on the teeth and they develop gum disease. Plaque harbors bacteria which can infect gum tissue and the roots of the teeth. More severe dental disease can cause pain for your pet and result in the need for surgical extractions. Your veterinarian will recommend dental procedures when they are appropriate for your pet.
If a dental cleaning is recommended for your pet, a doctor will discuss the procedure with you. To perform the dental cleaning your pet will be put under anesthesia allows the doctor to perform a full examination, cleaning, and dental x-rays. Preliminary blood work prior to the dental is recommended to rule out any underlying health conditions that might compromise the safety of anesthesia. We will closely monitor your pet’s blood pressure, heart rate and rhythm, and respiratory status while under anesthesia. Additionally, all patients undergoing anesthesia have an intravenous catheter placed for the administration of fluids throughout the procedure.
Home dental care is also be an important part of your pet’s oral health. Toothbrushing, rinses, or medicated chews are some of the things that pet owners can use at home. Our staff is happy to discuss these with you.