Rose Avenue vets provide caring and professional Pet Dentistry for your cat and dog. Dental disease is one of the most commonly found problems in a consultation by vets and is also one of the problems most commonly overlooked by owners. It’s often difficult to spot the early signs dental issues with your pets because they react differently to pain. As a result, we recommend regular dental checkups for your pet.
Typical Pet Dental issues include:
A scale and polish removes all of the tartar buildup from teeth and smooths the surface to help prevent rapid plaque build up.
Gingivitis is reversible, but it causes pain and is the beginning of more serious stages of dental disease. A scale and polish to remove the tartar build up reverses the dental disease and allows the inflammation of the gums to resolve, giving you another chance to maintain a disease-free mouth.
Simple dental procedures on healthy animals can be performed at both clinics, but complex procedures, old, or sick animals are preferably booked at Rose Avenue Veterinary Hospital – if you are a client of Toormina Road Veterinary Clinic your veterinarian will be able to advise you if this is the case.
As some extractions are not identified until the scale and polish has been performed, the anaesthetic is assumed to be medium to long in most cases. For this reason you will be offered a pre-anaesthetic blood test to assess your pet’s organ function and identify any possible problems before the anaesthetic. Intravenous fluid therapy is recommended for nearly all dental procedures to protect the organs and assist in the clearance of anaesthetic drugs. Your veterinarian may also recommend antibiotic or pain medication before or after the dental treatment, depending on the severity of dental disease.
Because it can be difficult to identify the full extent of dental disease under a layer of tartar, or to check the inside surface of a tooth carefully in an awake pet, it is difficult to estimate whether and how many teeth will need to be removed until the anaesthetic and scale of the teeth. Consequently, please advise the vet or nurse when admitting your pet for a dental procedure whether we are able to remove any teeth necessary, or whether you will require a telephone call to advise during the procedure. Please make sure that if you request a telephone call you are available to answer your phone as without your permission we are not able to remove the teeth and a further anaesthetic may be necessary at further cost to you.
Because all dental procedures are performed under a general anaesthetic, your pet may not be interested in food on the day of surgery. If your pet is interested in food, we recommend that you only feed up to half a standard sized meal, as the drugs used can make them nauseous and may lead to vomiting if fed too much. You can offer a normal amount of food the day after the procedure.
If your pet has had extractions, your pet will need to be fed small chunks of meat for 5 days after the procedure to prevent food either sticking to sutures, damaging the sore gums or getting stuck in the tooth sockets.
Your pet will have been given pain relief before, during and after the procedure. However, if you feel that your pet is suffering from discomfort please let us know so that we can provide you with a longer course of pain relief medication.