Good dental care is one the most important aspects of your pet’s routine health care! At Robinson Animal Hospital, we get all puppies off to the best start possible and a routine dental assessment is an important part of your annual examination.
If it is determined that your pet needs a preventive dental care, it will be recommended at that time. Our dental cleaning is performed in our state of the art surgical facility using the most advanced dental equipment available. Your pet’s teeth will be scaled and polished to effectively remove tartar and plaque. If advanced care is necessary, such as an extraction or oral surgery, it will be performed at this time. At our North Johnson City location we now have special digital dental x-ray, using the latest technology. This allows us to view this particular area much more accurately and provide optimum dental care for your pet. It is especially helpful for our feline patients!
All dental procedures are performed under anesthesia to ensure the comfort of your pet and allow your veterinarian to perform a comprehensive oral examination. Your pet will be given a blood analysis prior to delivery of anesthesia and will be monitored carefully throughout the procedure. Although not required, we strongly recommend the use of intravenous fluids during any surgical procedure.
Following your dental procedure, your veterinarian may provide an antibiotic to enhance the benefits of the extensive cleaning. And if extractions or oral surgery has been performed pain management medications will be prescribed. Ask how our laser therapy treatment can effectively manage pain and promoted faster healing following dental procedures.
How often will your pet need a dental cleaning? It all depends on the breed and your particular pet. Generally, after the age of 2 or 3 most dogs need annual preventive care though the smaller breeds might require the procedure more often.
The benefits of regular dental care far outweigh the risk of anesthesia and the costs. Dental disease can also affect other organs in the body: Bacteria in the mouth can get into the bloodstream and cause serious infections in the kidneys, liver, lungs, and heart.
A dental assessment can be performed at any time. If you pet has:
- Bad breath
- Yellow or brown buildup on teeth
- Loose teeth
- Pain when eating
- Swelling, bleeding or redness of gums
- Loss of interest in chew toys
We recommend dental care at home along with recommended dental cleanings!
Proper dental care is an important part of your pet’s overall health and well being!