We perform dental cleanings almost daily here at Hometown Veterinary Care. The cleaning process is very similar to a cleaning you would have through your own dentist via an ultra sonic scaler. This removes tartar/calculus above and below the gum line. Severely diseased teeth may need to be removed. The remaining teeth are polished (just like ours) and a fluoride treatment is applied. The entire process takes about 30 minutes.
Please note: some patients may require pre-anesthetic bloodwork to ensure that kidney and liver function are satisfactory for anesthesia, as these are the organs that metabolize the anesthesia. Some patients may also require a course of antibiotics to be started several days prior to their cleaning. The need for pain management is assessed and addressed prior to, during and after each procedure on an case by case basis.
For more information on why dental health is so important, check out our Learning Center.
If you are interested in a dental cleaning for your pet or just have questions, please do not hesitate to contact the office. We are here to help!