|At Anderson Lakes Animal Hospital
we believe in the power of prevention. Staying one step ahead
of health issues can mean all the difference to the life of your
furry friend, this includes dental care.
In a perfect world, we would all brush our dogs' and cats' teeth once a day, every day, for their entire life. Truth is, we don't, life happens and we forget... but, if you do brush daily, YOU ARE A ROCK STAR!!!
According to the American Veterinary Medical Association:
"Periodontal disease is the most common dental condition in dogs and cats – by the time your pet is 3 years old, he or she will very likely have some early evidence of periodontal disease, which will worsen as your pet grows older if effective preventive measures aren’t taken. Early detection and treatment are critical, because advanced periodontal disease can cause severe problems and pain for your pet. Periodontal disease doesn’t just affect your pet’s mouth. Other health problems found in association with periodontal disease include kidney, liver, and heart muscle changes."
Our doctors and staff take great pride in our dental procedures. We have several steps in the dental process.
First step: Schedule an exam. The doctor will do a full physical exam that includes and detailed look at your pets' mouth. This helps us identify any blatant dental issues- from the progression of periodontal disease (gum disease/gingivitis, tartar build up etc.) Some things we cannot see with just a gross exam, such as all missing teeth, tooth issues below the gumline (abcess/fracture/abnormal root structure). The things would be better assessed at the time of the dental procedure (under anesthesia).
Second step: Draw blood for pre-anesthetic screen.
At Anderson Lakes Animal Hospital, bloodwork is a requirement before any pet goes under anesthesia. This screen will show us a variety of organ functions (chemistry), a complete blood count, heartworm test (if due) and, depending on the age of your pet, a thyroid level. This helps our doctors ensure a smooth, safe, anesthetic procedure.
Third step: Schedule the procedure. Dental disease is graded from 1-4. 1 being very minimal, 4 being intensely progressive disease, Including missing/mobile teeth, infection, very foul odor, potentially broken teeth, and bleeding gums/pain.
Based on the grade of your pets' dental disease, we will customize a treatment plan to fit.
The Procedure: Your pet will arrive at our clinic in the morning, fasted. After we go over the treatment plan with you, our doctor will preform another full physical exam to ensure no changes, physically, that would deter us from preforming the dental procedure.
Each patient will have an IV catheter placed, have IV fluid before, during and after the procedure. They will also be fully intubated (breathing tube placed), and monitored solely by one of our Certified Veterinary Technicians.
Another CVT will ultrasonically clean and polish the teeth, perform a full oral exam/chart the teeth, probe for abnormalities, and take dental radiographs, all while the Doctor oversees the entire anesthetic/dental procedure.
If there are any tooth extractions/oral mass removals etc. - the doctor will preform those procedures.
Our knowledgeable staff can answer any questions you may have about dental disease, dental prophylaxis (cleaning) and anesthesia protocols. Please feel free to call us to discuss further or to schedule an appointment.
Anderson Lakes Animal Hospital