One of the most overlooked parts of good pet care is the mouth. At Paumanok Veterinary Hospital, P.C., we know that your pet’s mouth is the point of entry for many illnesses that can affect your pet’s 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 pet’s 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 pet’s 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 Pet’s Regular Routine
Regular dental prophylaxis (cleaning and polishing) helps assist in keeping your pet’s 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 Pet’s Teeth at Home
Having your pet’s teeth cleaned here at Paumanok is great, but you can be a key member of your pet’s health care team by performing the most important follow-up to a professional cleaning at home — brushing your pet’s teeth. If you have any questions or concerns about how to brush your pet’s 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.