Let's start off right at the point:Why get your pet's teeth professionally cleaned? The answer is simple: Health. It's all about keeping your pet healthy so they can live long healthy lives.Take this for example, Everyone has had that bad day where they woke up and left the house forgetting to brush their teeth. All day long your breath is bad and you can feel the plaque on your teeth with your tongue. Basically you can't wait to get home and BRUSH! So, How would you feel if you didn't brush your teeth in a month? a year?, 5 years? or more? Now you know how your pet feels, but what about their overall health? Unfortunately when teeth aren't cleaned regularly periodontal disease and gingivitis are at high risk which can lead to heart, liver and kidney failure if left untreated.
Some signs to look out for:
- Bad breath
- Changes in eating habits
- Yellow to brown crust on teeth
- Bleeding gums
The signs are the same in humans as in animals. If you take good care of your teeth why not your pet's. Brushing is a great way to help eliminate these problems. Also a yearly dental cleaning at your veterinarian's is a great way to fight problems that never have to be your family friend's.We have posted pictures of some of our patient's teeth (before and after their yearly cleaning) with permission from their owners, so you may better your knowledge of what to look for and why it is a great investment to your pet's health. Look to the bottom of this page.Here are some websites with information on how to keep your pet's teeth clean which in turn will make them happier as our clients have noticedsince receiving a dental cleaning.Oravet WebsiteDental InformationHere are three steps we recommend to keep your pet's teeth clean and free of disease:
1.Chew - There are certain oral hygiene chews you can purchase through your veterinarian that contain chlorhexidine which with the combination of chewing help prevent plaque build up.
2.Rinse - Another way to help protect teeth is rinsing with C.E.T. Oral Hygiene Rinse or Gel which contains ZincChlorhexidate. This agent fights plaque as well.
3.Brush - Brushing is the best method to clean teeth and must be done daily just as you or I would. You must use special toothpaste without fluoride because animals can not swallow the fluoride in our regular toothpaste. C.E.T. brand toothpaste contain oral enzymes that are meant to be swallow and work with the saliva. They are safe and effective.*Above all nothing can replace a yearly professional cleaning.*
Trillian was Dr. Teresa's 14 year old dog who was her son's dog. She is very special to Dr. Teresa. Trill's day starts by getting a weight.
Dr. Teresa listens to Trill's heart and lungs to make sure nothing has changed since her last physical examination.
We give a tranquilizer to calm her nerves and help reduce the amount of anesthesia we need to use.
We prepare her leg for placement of her IV catheter. This allows use of intravenous medications and fluids.
The last piece of tape is placed to hold the IV in place for the day.
the technician is taking Trill's
temperature to make sure it is normal. Normal temperature for a dog is 100-102.5.
is now prepped for the procedure. The
next step is evaluating her blood work.
Sarah prepares her injectable anesthetic...
...While Charlene runs Trillian's blood work.
the doctor evaluates her blood work and determines
it's normal, Sarah can give her an injection of Buprenorphine. Buprenorphine is an injectable pain killer but also part of her anesthetic protocol to allow us to use less inhalant anesthesia, which is safer.
Now, she is ready for her injectable anesthesia.
falls asleep and we place an
endotracheal tube to control her oxygen and inhalant anesthesia intake.