Dental Cleaning for Dogs and Cats

Lawrence Veterinary Hospital

Above: A dental procedure being performed by a technician with equipment to ensure the health of your pet; automated IV pump, Cardell monitor (to measure heart rate, blood pressure, oxygen levels, respiratory rate and temperature) digital dental radiograph, and anesthesia machine.

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Left: Before dental cleanings                                 Right: After dental cleanings!

 

Why is it important for my dog and/or cat to have their teeth cleaned?

Proper dental care is essential for your pet's health and well-being. Pets need to maintain strong, healthy teeth for more than chewing, grooming, picking up a ball, or capturing a catnip mouse all requires healthy teeth.

  • Untreated dental disease can be life threatening.
  • Bacteria from tooth decay and gum disease can enter your pet's bloodstream and result in infection in the heart, lungs, and other parts of the body.
  • It is estimated that 85% to 90% of all dogs and cats over the age of three years old suffer from some degree of tooth decay and gum disease.

 

As in humans, deposits of plaque build up on your pet's teeth. Plaque hardens and turns into tartar which:

  • Causes inflammation of the gums (gingivitis).
  • Breaks down ligaments that connect the teeth with bone and gum tissue (periodontitis).

 

The process for examining and cleaning your pet's teeth is done while under anesthesia.

  • Digital Radiographs are taken to show tooth decay
  • Teeth will be extracted if needed
  • Your pet's teeth are scaled (removing plaque and tartar).
  • They are polished.
  • Your pet goes home the same day, but with a healthier, more comfortable mouth and fresher smelling breath.

 

Following the procedure, home dental care is vital in order to prevent plaque and tartar from recurring. We have many home dental care products available and will advise you on the best products for your pet.

 

Click on the blue appointment icon to the right to request your pet's appointment for a comprehensive dental exam.
You may also reach us by phone or email at welcome@lawrencevethospital.com .
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