If left untreated, dental disease can cause serious complications including damage to the heart and kidneys. The symptoms of dental disease include but are not limited to:
Irritation while eating
Red, inflamed gums
Goose Hollow Veterinary Hospital offers state of the art dental care for your pets. We use up to date dental technology, and our procedures are quick and relatively painless. A dental cleaning includes complete ultrasonic scaling, polishing, and root planing. While under sedation we examine each individual tooth and remove plaque and tartar with handheld dental instruments.
Untreated dental disease can be dangerous to your pet's health. The bacteria from the disease can be absorbed into the bloodstream, where it will infect your pet's vital organs.
A professional dental cleaning includes:
Before the cleaning:
Pre-anesthetic blood testing: This blood test will confirm if your pet can safely go under anesthesia.
Pain Medication: Before putting your pet under anesthesia we will administer preemptive pain medication, which allows your pet to stay comfortable during and after surgery.
During the cleaning:
IV Catheter and Fluids: We keep your pet hydrated throughout the procedure with an IV fluid line. Additionally it supports kidney function and provides access to quickly medicate during or after the procedure.
Anesthetic Safety: Each pet has an electrocardiograph to monitor heart rate, as well as monitors to oversee oxygen levels, blood pressure, carbon dioxide levels, and temperature.
Dental Charting: Each tooth will be evaluated and all findings will be recorded in a dental chart.
Radiographs: We recommend full mouth radiographs for cats and dogs under 20 lbs. For dogs over 20 lbs we do full mouth radiographs on a case-by-case basis. We recommend full mouth radiographs because x-rays can show the decay and disease in your pet's teeth that cannot be seen otherwise.
After the cleaning:
We monitor your pet closely during the post-anesthetic recovery period. Our veterinary technicians and assistants monitor your pet's temperature, respiration, color, reflexes, signs of pain, and behavior.
When you come to pick up your pet a member of our team will meet with you to go over discharge instructions and any medications we might send home.
If you think your pet may require a dental cleaning, it is important to have their teeth examined by a vet. Don't wait for your annual checkup if you suspect there is a problem. Call us today!