Dental health is a very important part of your pet’s overall health. Here at HVC, we perform dental cleanings almost daily. The cleaning process is very similar to a cleaning you would have through your own dentist via an ultrasonic scaler. This removes tartar/calculus above and below the gum line. Severely diseased teeth may need to be removed, which often relieves a significant amount of pain in your pet’s mouth. The remaining teeth are polished (just like ours) and a fluoride treatment is applied.
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, and often these antibiotics are also sent home after dental cleaning based on the procedure. The need for pain management is assessed and addressed prior to, during, and after each procedure on a case-by-case basis. 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!