Dental disease is the most common illness encountered in veterinary medicine today and affects 9 out of 10 pets. Unfortunately it is also the most undertreated disease. Pets often go for years with painful gingivitis or even severe tooth root abscesses without noticeable clinical signs to the owner. Dental disease puts tremendous demands on your pet’s organs, weakening the liver, kidney, and heart. This additional stress can affect your pet’s happiness and shorten life expectancy.
Tartar and dental disease cannot be removed by brushing, but requires professional veterinary treatment. This is done under anesthesia. Our doctors may run pre-anesthesia blood tests, depending on your pet’s age and health, to assure that the risk of anesthesia to your pet is minimal. Your pet will also be prescribed antibiotics to be given several days before and after the dental procedure. Most pets are able to go home the same day of the dental cleaning procedure.
Regular professional cleaning is important to maintaining your pet’s teeth. We use modern and safe ultrasound to scale and clean each tooth thoroughly – above and below the gum line. Dental technicians polish teeth to create a smooth, lustrous tooth surface more resistant to plaque buildup.