Small Animal Dentistry
Routine dental exams are strongly recommended for your pet. By examining the mouth at least once yearly we can diagnose early oral disease and create a treatment plan to prevent further problems. Dental cleaning is recommended for all dogs and cats with moderate tartar build-up, gingivitis, or loose or damaged teeth.
The dental process includes:
A thorough pre-surgical exam - to detect any concerns that may alter our anesthetic plan.
Pre-anesthetic blood panel - to check your pet's organ function prior to anesthesia.
Anesthesia - to allow us to complete a thorough oral exam, perform the teeth scaling and polishing, and complete any necessary extractions.
Ultrasonic scaling of all teeth to remove tartar. Treat those teeth that are diseased and perform extractions when needed. Polishing of teeth.
As always, your pet will be closely monitored during anesthesia. We monitor heart rate,respiratory rate, ECG, blood pressure, oxygenation and body temperature closely. Depending on the extent of oral disease we may need to send your pet home on pain medication +/- antibiotics.
Please withhold food on your pet after 9 pm the night before his/her scheduled dentistry. Water in small amounts is ok the night before and the morning of surgery.
If you have any questions regarding dentistry for your pet please do not hesitate to give us a call.