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Dental Care

Dental disease is common in older dogs and cats and can even present at younger ages especially in small dogs and some cats.  Dental Health doesn’t just affect your pet’s teeth it can affect their overall health.  If your dog or cat has any of the following symptoms they may have dental disease:

  • Bad breath

  • Tartar build up

  • Pawing at mouth

  • Inflamed, red and/or bleeding gums

  • Loss of appetite or difficulty eating

  • Change in mood, including lethargy, depression or irritability


While performing a physical examination on your dog or cat (recommended at least once a year) our doctors will check for signs of dental disease.  Our goal is to keep you informed on your pets care to prevent surprises when it is time for a cleaning.  When dental disease is diagnosed a dental cleaning with possible extractions will be recommended.  The day of surgery an anesthesia protocol will be designed that is safe and specific for your pet.  Your dog or cat will have an IV catheter placed and be intubated to protect their airway.  During the dental your pet will have state of the art monitoring equipment to ensure the procedure is as safe as possible.  Then an ultrasonic scaler will be used to clean the tartar off your pet’s teeth and digital dental x-rays will be taken.  During the dental the Doctor will review the dental x-rays and examine each individual tooth to determine which teeth if any should be extracted.  Our doctors perform everything from simple extractions up to complex surgical extractions and oronasal fistula repairs.  A complex surgical extraction involves a local nerve block, a gingival flap, transecting the tooth with a high speed hand piece, extraction of all roots of the tooth, bone remodeling, and flab closure.  Finally, we will provide post-operative medications and at home post-operative care instructions.

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