Pet Oral & Dental Care for a Longer, Healthier Life

Pet Oral & Dental Care at Paumanok Veterinary Hospital

One of the most overlooked parts of good pet care is the mouth. At Paumanok Veterinary Hospital, we know that your petís mouth is the point of entry for many illnesses that can affect your petís longevity and quality of life. One dog we knew, a poodle named Roger, lived to the age of 22, and this longevity can be directly attributed to comprehensive, life-long dental care and a good diet.

Keeping your petís mouth healthy helps protect your pet from serious health problems such as endocarditis (infection of the heart valve), arthritis, and kidney problems. When it comes to disease, we always prefer prevention.

Anesthesia for Your Pet

During every dental procedure, whether your pet is having a cleaning or an extraction, we administer general anesthesia so that your pet will have no anxiety or pain and to allow us to do the job right. Pain medication, as well as a local dental block, is given to ensure additional pain relief before, during, and after all procedures.

We might advise certain blood tests before anesthesia, but only after discussion with you. We take cost into account when advising these tests. Your petís heart rate and temperature are carefully monitored throughout the treatment and a skilled veterinary technician will be with your pet during the procedure and recovery.

Teeth Cleaning Is Part of Your Petís Regular Routine

Regular dental prophylaxis (cleaning and polishing) helps assist in keeping your petís teeth and gums healthy. The teeth are ultrasonically scaled, removing tartar and calculus. The final step is polishing so that bacteria have no place to hide.

Brushing Your Petís Teeth at Home

Having your petís teeth cleaned here at Paumanok is great, but you can be a key member of your petís health care team by performing the most important follow-up to a professional cleaning at home ó brushing your petís teeth. If you have any questions or concerns about how to brush your petís teeth, ask any member of our staff.

Because brushing can be a challenge, we can also recommend water additive and special chewies that can help clean the teeth. A dental vaccine also has some success in preventing the bacteria associated with plaque.

“I have two Bernese mountain dogs, Phoebe, age 2, and Paloma, age 4, and one 16-year-old tabby cat, Sammy. All are treated by the veterinarians at Paumanok. Throughout the past 4-plus years that we have had our animals treated by this hospital for either emergencies or well visits, our animals have been treated with dignity, respect, and love. Our older Bernese used to be fearful of visits and to make her more comfortable, we were invited to the office for a sunshine visit, a treat, and an ear scratch to make sure she is comfortable the next time she visits. Upon receiving treatments, we, the human parents, have been provided an education about the illness, the available treatment and options, and the plan of treatments. We always receive follow-up calls to see how our pets are days after the initial contact with the office. ”

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