Eight out of ten adult pets have periodontal disease which can result in infected gums, abscesses, or loose teeth. If untreated, tooth and gum disease may allow bacteria to enter the bloodstream and cause damage to the valves of the heart. Also complications of the liver, kidneys or bone marrow often evolve from dental neglect.
In most cases teeth cleaning is a routine task, and something that can be done as part of a regular consult. If issues become advanced surgery may be required.
If dental surgery is required you pet will likely need a general anaesthesia. Before this we strongly recommend that your pet has a preanaesthetic blood test. These tests are run in our in house laboratory on the morning of the dental procedure. We will look at the health of the blood cells and the vital organs such as the kidneys and the liver. You will be given the option to waive these tests when you sign the anaesthetic consent form when your pet is admitted for surgery.
Before the procedure is also important that you prepare your pet by withholding all food from 10pm the night before and removing the water bowl at 7am on the day of the surgery. Once your pet is anaesthetised it’s teeth will be cleaned with an ultrasonic scaler and polished with a fluoride paste. They will then be assessed for decay, loss of enamel and gum recession and any unhealthy teeth will be extracted. If teeth are removed your pet may be sent home with a course of antibiotics and/or pain relief to ensure a rapid recovery.
Ideally pets will avoid surgery through regular cleans and good dental hygiene at home. Dental home care is important to maintain healthy teeth and gums. This may consist of teeth brushing, the use of the Hills t/d prescription food or various dental treats and chews such as Greenies
If dental checks are not part of your pets health care, please call our receptionist to schedule an appointment to insure your special pet has healthy, pain free teeth.