At New Perth Animal Hospital we perform oral examinations during every appointment. Your pet’s mouth should be examined by a veterinarian at least once yearly in order to detect and treat dental disease early and prevent more serious problems from occurring,
Preventative dental care is important for your pet and we do carry a variety of preventative dental products for both cats and dogs including but not limited to: toothbrushes, toothpaste, dental chews and special prescription diets. Our veterinarians may recommend one or more of these products depending on their oral exam findings. We are also quite happy to explain or demonstrate the use of any of these preventative products so if you have questions about brushing your pet’s teeth or ways you might prevent dental problems, drop by to see us.
Unfortunately, once significant tartar or gingivitis has developed, your pet may be suffering from more severe dental problems occurring under the gum line and difficult for you to see. These pets need a complete dental cleaning and polish under general anesthesia. To ensure the safest possible procedure with all patients, we use a Cardell monitor which keeps an eye on your pet’s blood pressure, cardiac tracings, oxygen saturation and temperature.
All patients also have an IV catheter placed for emergency drug access and receive IV fluids to aid in anesthesia and recovery.
All patients receive a thorough dental scaling (cleaning) and polishing using sterile equipment and performed by a registered veterinary technician.
If any extractions are necessary, extractions are performed by the veterinarian. Pets are monitored continuously by an RVT until they are fully awake and depending on the procedures performed, receive appropriate pain medication.
Some dog groomers may advertise anesthesia-free hand scaling at an additional cost when taking your pet for grooming. As a veterinary team we discourage this procedure. Hand scaling will remove the tartar visible but only on the “cheek sides” of the tooth surfaces. No self-respecting wide awake pet will allow scaling of the “tongue sides” or scaling below the gumline so the real problems aren’t being addressed! In addition, polishing can’t be done so the tiny scratches created on the tooth’s surface during the scaling process are not removed and tartar and plaque can now adhere to the tooth’s surface more quickly.
It is estimated that 85% of all pets suffer from dental disease. At New Perth Animal Hospital we believe that prevention is key. We work with you to create a preventative plan tailored to your pet’s needs. Let’s work together to keep your pet as healthy as possible!