Dental hygiene is extremely important to the health of your pet. Poor dental health can often be the cause of serious illness or disease. Dental problems, when left untreated, can lead to larger systemic problems in your pet. Oral bacteria can enter the blood stream and damage the heart, liver or kidneys. Many of these problems might be avoided with regular dental check-ups and cleanings for your pet.
Veterinary dentistry is more involved and takes more time than human dental cleanings. Cleaning your pet’s teeth generally requires anesthesia. When your pet is under light anesthesia, our veterinary technicians do a thorough dental exam and assess gum and tooth health. They then perform ultrasonic scaling, polishing and radiographs. If they see a tooth is diseased, they will have a veterinarian extract the tooth. After the dental, your pet will stay in-hospital for the day before being discharged in the afternoon. Our veterinarians emphasize dental care at home and will be happy to advise you on techniques that will be effective to good dental hygiene.