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Cleaning Dog Teeth

“The Ugly Truth About Your Pets Teeth”

Recent studies have shown oral disease to be the most prevalent disease threatening the health of dogs and cats, with nearly 3 out of 4 canines and felines being affected.  These results are staggering!  That’s why our veterinarians at Pet Doctor recommend your pet receive an annual professional teeth cleaning and routine home tooth care to prevent more serious dental prob­lems, like periodontal disease.

What Is Periodontal Disease?

Dog and cat periodontal disease is caused by the bacteria in dental plaque.  These bacteria cause an infection in your pet’s mouth that can lead to bad breath, swollen gums, loose teeth, ulcerations, difficulty eating and eventual tooth loss.  These bacteria can also travel through the bloodstream to your pet’s vital organs such as the liver, kidneys, heart and lungs.  Once in these organs, they begin to slowly poison your companion.

What Can I Do To Prevent Periodontal Disease?

The good news is that most dental problems are preventable.  Dogs and cats should have their teeth professionally cleaned at least once a year, starting at 1-2 years of age.  As a responsible pet owner, you should also develop an oral home care program.  The best form of home tooth care is daily brushing with a soft toothbrush and toothpaste for pets. Other methods include dental chews, oral gels, and specially designed foods and treats. Our staff will be more than happy to discuss any oral home care questions you may have.

If My Pet Has A Problem, What Should I Do?

Depending on the nature of the dental problems, your pet can benefit from many of the same procedures your dentist might perform on you.  Periodontal disease can be treated with a deep root cleaning, antibiotics, periodontal surgery, and sometimes extractions.  It is essential to catch and treat dental problems as early as possible.  Yearly dental cleanings not only help to prevent periodontal disease, but also allows your pet to receive a complete oral exam to catch potential tooth problems as early as possible.

Does My Pet Need Anesthesia Every Time Its Teeth Are Cleaned?

Anesthesia is necessary to do a complete teeth cleaning and oral exam.  A thorough cleaning is virtually impossible on an awake, moving patient.  By anesthetizing our patients we are able to clean all of the surfaces of all the teeth in the most efficient manner without causing any discomfort to your pet.  Also, during anesthesia, a tube is passed down the trachea, or windpipe, to deliver anesthetic gas.  This tube will also seal the throat preventing accidental inhalation or swallowing of the tartar and infective debris that are removed from the teeth.  Rest assured that our staff uses some of the safest and most effective anesthetic agents available today.  The safety of your pet is of our utmost importance.

I Need My Pet’s Teeth Cleaned, How Do Your Fees Compare?

You will receive premium pet care at an affordable price at Pet Doctor.  We may not be the cheapest practice in town, but we are definitely not the most expensive.  You will not be surprised with any unexplained charges like many of the other clinics in our area where you are originally quoted a low price; but once you get there you run into hidden charges.

Some of our competitors quote a price for a teeth cleaning without them mentioning to you that they also charge for anesthesia, pain medication, medical waste fees and dental pack fees separately, making your bill sky rocket without you even knowing it.

At Pet Doctor, your pet’s teeth cleaning will include Pre-anesthetic Examination, Anesthesia, Teeth Cleaning, Polishing Pulse Oximetry Monitoring, and Post-Cleaning Antibiotic Injection in the standard costs of our surgical procedures.  There are no hidden costs!  We are very straight forward and will discuss any possible costs before any procedure is performed on your pet.

Is Pre-Anesthetic Lab Tests Important For My Pet?

The concept of health screening using blood has long been embraced by the veterinary   community.  We know that animals are inconveniently adept at hiding illness and we are seeing diseases, previously believed to be “geriatric” problems, in younger animals more frequently now.

This may be due to changes in our environment and our pet’s lifestyles, or because we are becoming more aware and are looking at younger animals more closely than we were fifteen years ago.  In either case, pre-anesthetic lab tests are definitely recommended for your pet.

What Is The Chance Of My “Healthy” Pet Having Underlying Problems?

About 27% of patients who appear healthy on a physical examination have abnormal blood test results.  Of this 27%, about 1/3 of these patients have a potentially life threatening disease.  Early detection of metabolic disorders allows us to better treat and control them. That’s why pre-anesthetic blood screening is such an invaluable tool.

Call 972-772-7777 Now To Schedule Your Pet’s Teeth Cleaning!