Why?: An animal relies on their teeth to eat, vocalize, and act as a pair of hands. Having a healthy set of teeth and gums can help your pet’s overall health. Teeth and gums are one of the places where certain diseases will exhibit the first signs and symptoms. Bacteria that start in the mouth can travel to other parts of the body.
What is screened for?: The pet is checked for any signs of gum disease. Often pets can have tartar and plaque build up that can spread dangerous bacteria to the rest of the body. The vet will also look for any broken or damaged teeth. Not only can these teeth become painful, but they can potentially lead to dangerous infections.
Most common problems: Most pets are subject to plaque and tartar build up which can usually be fixed with regular teeth cleaning. If left unchecked, plaque can lead to gingivitis. In more extreme cases, some animals may have tooth injuries that require extractions. If a tooth is broken or diseased, an extraction is usually the best option to prevent further damage to your pets teeth.
Recovery: The animal is usually back to normal within 24-48 hours after the anesthetic procedure.
Procedures that we are able to preform during a dental are; extractions, root canals, caps, fillings. If your pet is in need of of any of these procedures a normal dental cleaning is followed after.
The requirements was ask for before having a dental; the pet must have an up-to-date rabies vaccine. Without a rabies vaccine, and a mouth of bacteria, if anyone, including our staff, happen to get bit. We will have to contact animal control, and animal control will have to quarantine your pet. Then you will have to report to them regarding your pet. If there is no history of a rabies vaccine we will have to give your pet the vaccine.