Dentistry

The number one health problem diagnosed in 8 out of 10 cats and dogs over 4 years of age is periodontal disease. We provide comprehensive dental care. We strive to make our clients aware of the importance of having their pet’s teeth examined and cleaned on a regular basis. Preventative dental care can add 2-4 years to the life of your pet.

Getting your pet’s teeth cleaned involves general anesthesia. Patient preparation is the same as for surgery. With safety being our top priority, bloodwork is required on all patients eight years of age and older. The patient’s body temperature is supported during the dental. Anesthesia is induced with injectable anesthetics and maintained with gas anesthesia and oxygen. IV fluids are administered during and for several hours after the procedure. We have pulse oximetry, blood pressure, and ECG monitoring to insure patient saftey. Trained technicians assist the surgeon in monitoring the patient throughout the procedure.  We utilize a variety of pain control medications before, during and after surgery to ensure that your pet is as comfortable as possible. The teeth are carefully cleaned with an ultrasonic scaler and hand instruments. Invisible pathology is assessed with digital dental radiography. Diseased teeth are surgically extracted. After cleaning, the teeth are thoroughly polished, rinsed with a disinfectant, and treated with fluoride. Antibiotcs are dispensed when appropriate.

Following cleaning, frequent brushing will help more than anything to ensure the continued health of your pet’s teeth.