We recommend bringing in your best friend for regular dental cleanings as part of their complete care. These regular visits let us make sure your pet’s smile is in perfect condition.

Dental Health Affects Overall Health

There are other reasons why you should pay close attention to your pet’s dental health. Dental disease can affect other organs in the body: bacteria in the mouth can get into the blood stream and may cause serious kidney infections, liver disease, lung disease, and heart valve disease. Oral disease can also indicate that another disease process is occurring elsewhere in a pet’s body. A thorough physical exam combined with appropriate laboratory work can determine if this is the case.

We can recommend and demonstrate preventative measures you can begin at home. Our wellness program emphasizes and explains how you can avoid costly dental procedures with your pet in the future.

Dentistry and Dental Radiology

According to the American Veterinary Dental Society, 80% of dogs and 70% of cats have oral disease by the age of 3.

It is the most frequently diagnosed health problem in pets. Common signs of oral disease include tartar buildup, red and swollen gums, bad breath, changes in eating or chewing habits, pawing at the face and generalized depression. A veterinarian should evaluate your pet’s dental health at least once a year. We recommend this because bacteria and food debris accumulates around a pet’s teeth and, if left unchecked, will lead to deterioration of the soft tissue and bone surrounding the teeth. This decay results in irreversible periodontal disease and even tooth loss.

Pre-anesthetic blood testing is strongly recommended but not required

A complete blood count and serum chemistry prior to the procedure provides us with a better understanding of your pet’s overall health and anesthetic risk, and often allows your veterinarian to detect disease that would not be found during routine examination.

Dental Procedure includes:

  • Veterinary dental exam / charting

  • Anesthesia and monitoring

  • IV catheter and fluids

  • Cleaning (ultrasonic scaling and polishing)

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