What Does a Dental Procedure Entail?
Pet dental care involves a full-fledged anesthetic procedure. However, do not let that scare you! Your pet receives extensive pre-anesthetic evaluation to ensure they are capable of handling the procedure with flying colors. About two-thirds of your pet’s tooth actually lies below the gumline and anesthesia is essential for a thorough cleaning and examination.
During a dental cleaning we:
- Scale and polish each tooth
- Examine both above and below the gumline for signs of periodontal disease
- Perform extractions on broken or chipped teeth if needed
- Take full digital x-rays
Additionally, we provide full pain medication for your pet before and after a dental exam that involves extractions. Your pet’s comfort is a high priority and we intend to make each procedure as painless and stress-free as possible.
What You Can Do: At Home Dental Care
Your pet’s dental health does not begin and end with us! You can do a lot of home care to ensure your pet’s teeth stay in prime condition. After a cleaning with us, we send you home with a dental care kit including a toothbrush and toothpaste for your pet. While brushing daily is the best care you can give, we also realize that some pets are not quite as cooperative as others. Luckily, other options exist, and we sell many of them right here in our clinics. Water additives and dental chews can help on those days when you lapse on brushing.
Learn more about the benefits of pet dental care and what a professional veterinary cleaning can do for your pet!