Dental health is a vital part of your pet’s well-being. Because infections of your pet’s teeth or gums can potentially infect his kidneys, joints, and even his heart, we suggest that your pet be evaluated yearly for any signs of dental disease.
Pet Dental Care
Over 30% of cats over the age of three have painful dental resorptive lesions. Dental cleanings help prevent tooth loss, abscesses and pain. We encourage pet owners to brush their pets’ teeth daily to maintain them.
What is included when a dental cleaning is perfomed?
- A physical exam and oral exam prior to anesthesia and appropriate pre-anesthetic blood work.
- General anesthesia with careful monitoring of heart rate and rhythm, blood pressure, and oxygen saturation
- Oral exam under anesthesia, with supragingival (above the gum line) and subgingival (below the gum line) cleaning
- Full mouth dental radiographs to evaluate the roots of the teeth for periodontal disease and abscesses
- Dental charting of missing, fractured, diseased and extracted teeth
- Extractions of loose or abscessed teeth as neccessary and medical treatment of periodontal pockets
- Post cleaning exam and radiographs if needed
- Tooth polishing
- Home care instructions and medications if indicated
Many pet owners tell us their pets feel much better after their dental work is performed, having been unaware of the discomfort their pets had prior to the procedure. Remember that bad breath is the most common symptom of dental disease.
Below are all of the veterinary services we offer at North Elm Animal Hospital. If you have any questions regarding our services, please feel free to call us.