Cat and Dog Teeth Cleaning
Most pet owners don’t know when their pet has dental pain. Pets often continue to eat, drink, and behave normally. But a closer dental exam can show signs of tooth and gum disease. That’s why we recommend routine dental exams and professional cat and dog teeth cleaning by our vet, Dr. Bonnie Abbott, DVM.
We also teach our clients how to brush their pet’s teeth and to watch for tartar, which looks like a brownish-yellow buildup on their gumline. And if there’s any redness or bleeding along the gumline, that’s often a sign of gingivitis.
Other signs you need to see the vet for a cat or dog teeth cleaning:
- Bad breath
- Excessive Drooling
- Difficulty chewing
- Loose or missing teeth
What to Expect from Your Pet’s Dental Cleaning
We’ll remove all the visible plaque and tartar from your pet’s teeth, as well as the bacteria under their gums. This gets rid of sources of infection in your pet’s mouth and helps protect against heart, lung, and kidney disease and protects your pet from further dental pain and tooth loss.
At Vista Animal Hospital, everything we do is centered around making your pet feel comfortable and relaxed. Dental cleanings are done in a safe care setting that minimizes complications and prevents pain.
Dr. Abbott and her veterinary nurse will help assure your pet’s safety under anesthesia by performing several pre-anesthetic procedures including:
- Thorough physical exam
- IV catheter placement
- Sedation to eliminate any stress and anxiety
Dr. Abbott will call you if she finds any of concern, otherwise she’ll proceed with your pet’s dental procedure. And throughout the entire dental procedure, Dr. Abbott will closely monitor your pet’s:
- Heart rate
- Respiratory rate
- Blood pressure
- Oxygen saturation
- Depth of anesthesia
During the dental procedure, Dr. Abbott will look for other dental and oral issues that can only be done once your pet is fully anesthetized. She’ll fully document your pet’s oral health and take digital dental x-rays. This will help your vet fully assess the roots and surrounding bone and structures.
As with human dentists visits, if Dr. finds that any extractions are necessary, she will provide local anesthesia to prevent pain upon your pet’s recovery from anesthesia. Your pet may also receive antibiotics and pain medication to ensure their comfort and healing. And we’ll go over everything we did during your pet’s dental procedure. We’ll take the time to answer all of your questions and make sure you know how to prevent tooth and gum disease for your pet.
Full-service Dental Care
We offer a full service dental facility designed especially to provide safe, thorough cat and dog teeth cleaning. We offer digital dental x-ray, ultrasonic scalers and monitoring devices to provide exceptional care for your pet.
Learn more about the importance of pet dental care from the American Animal Hospital Association.