Why should your pet have a dental cleaning?
DID YOU KNOW? Professional dental cleanings are just as important for our pets, as they are for us. Pets similarly acquire bacteria & plaque build-up, resulting in bad breath & onset of periodontal disease. Periodontal disease left untreated leads to oral inflammation & risk for infection in & around the teeth. Bacterium built up in the mouth then leads to various conditions such as heart disease, kidney disease & loss of a teeth.
WHat is included in a dental procedure with us?
-- Anesthesia, IV fluids, pulse oximeter monitoring, Bair Hugger patient warming, scaling of the teeth to remove calculus & soft plaque, followed by polishing which smooths the surface of the teeth.
-- Each tooth in the mouth is probed to check for pockets or root exposure, which could lead to a tooth extraction if approved by you.
-- We perform digital dental radiographs, which help Dr. decide if an extraction is truly needed. (We don't want to pull any more teeth than necessary!)
-- To complete a dental procedure, a fluoride treatment is performed & OraVet sealant is applied. This sealant acts as a temporary barrier, making it more difficult for bacteria to cling back onto the teeth & make the most of the cleaning.
-- Your pet may also be given an antibiotic or pain injection if necessary, & this is based on their individual procedure. If an extraction(s) is performed, you can expect to be sent home with antibiotics & pain meds to keep your pet comfortable through the healing process. The cost for these medications is allotted for in the estimate you will be provided with prior to your appointment.
-- Once our surgery team is finished & your pet is moved safely into recovery, the doctor will call you via the phone number left for us at check-in; they will inform you how everything went, the current status of your pet, & answer any questions you may have.
-- Dental patients are closely monitored by the doctor & nurse while they rest in our recovery suite for the day. Unless unforeseen complications arise, your pet will be able to go home with you as soon as they are recovered from the anesthesia.
-- Once you arrive to pick up your pet, our client service staff will help you take care of payment, & then an assistant will review a patient-specific discharge with you. This includes after-care instructions & a detailed
-- You will also receive a complimentary Dental Prevention Kit with educational brochures, a finger brush & toothpaste, & a dental hygiene chew for our canine companions.
Call us at (989) 893-4549 to schedule an appointment for your pets' dental. This is also a great time to have your pets' pre-anesthetic blood work done, as we may need to adjust the anesthetic protocol based off the results.
Remember that your pets depend on us to have a healthy smile!
**Prices for dental cleanings are 100% patient specific. We must have examined the patient within a year to provide an accurate estimate, & your pet must be up to date on a rabies & distemper vaccine to be eligible for a procedure. As always, if you have questions, please call us.**