Pet Dentistry Services in Pensacola
Dental health is as important to your dog or cat as it is to you. Animals cannot get dentures when they lose their teeth due to old age. It is up to you to see to it that they get the best pet dental care.
Tooth decay and cavities can happen to pets, just as they can happen to people. If your dog or cat suffers from these issues, they cannot tell you how badly they hurt. Check the underside of your pet's lip regularly. It is easy to notice if there is plaque build-up or bleeding gums there. These are signs that your pet needs to see a dentist.
It is important to get your pet dentistry services. If they have cavities or suffer from tooth decay, they cannot chew properly. If they cannot chew their food properly, they cannot get the nourishment that they need for good health.
Come to Davis Animal Hospital for all your pet dentistry needs. We do cleanings, extractions, blood work, tartar removal, and more. Pet dentistry is one of our specialty services. You trust us to care for your pets' physical health. Trust us to care for their dental health, too.
Pet Dental Cleaning in Pensacola - Davis Animal Hospital
Have you flipped the lip of your pet lately? Have you noticed difficulty eating or missing teeth? If you are smelling bad breath or are seeing red swollen gums or a yellow/brown crust of plaque on your pet's teeth it’s time for a dental cleaning. These cleanings are important to the overall health of your pet and are recommended on an annual basis.
The Steps Taken in a Pet Dental Cleaning
A pet dental cleaning starts with first doing a physical exam prior to the procedure, getting some pre-anesthetic bloodwork sent to our lab, and giving you, the owner, a written estimate of what we believe will need to be addressed.
On the morning of surgery, (if we haven’t had bloodwork performed at our previous visit), a small amount of blood will be drawn to check liver and kidney function of your pet as well as a platelet count, and an IV catheter will be placed to begin fluids.
The doctor will perform a pre-anesthetic evaluation prior to giving an injection to help relax the patient, start pain control and prepare them for anesthesia.
Once the dental area is prepared, the patient is anesthetized and digital dental radiographs (“x-rays”) are taken of every tooth. Digital x-rays are wonderful because we can quickly isolate an issue with the teeth versus waiting for the film to develop which takes more time and longer anesthesia on your pet.
While the veterinarian is reading the radiographs a technician starts the dental cleaning and scaling away the dental tartar. The doctor then does a full probe and chart of the mouth and uses that information in conjunction with the dental radiographs to determine if any extractions will be needed. Extractions may be performed on teeth with abscesses, advanced mobility, fractures, bone loss, resorptive lesions or other indications for removal. Once extractions are complete and the surgical site sutured the remaining teeth are cleaned and polished.
Anesthesia is then discontinued and the pet is monitored while recovering. They are able to go home the same day. A discharge appointment will be held at the end of the day and home care recommendations will be reviewed.