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February is Dental month!! We at Limerick Veterinary Hospital celebrate by offering our clients 10% off there pets dental procedure and dental products. Pets Need Dental Care too.
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Can not be combined with any other discounts.
Dental procedures in dogs and cats are much more involved than the same procedure in people. The primary reason is the need for anesthesia. It might sound silly, but we cannot convince our canine and feline patients to lie back and hold their mouths open so we can examine and clean their teeth.
The first step is a complete physical examination. This gives us an idea of general, overall health. If we are able to do an oral exam we will, but a thorough oral exam can only be done under anesthesia. Depending on the age of the animal pre-anesthetic blood work to check organ function and for signs of disease may be required. If all of these look good we can proceed to the dental.
The day of the procedure the pet is examined again to make sure nothing has changed. An intravenous catheter is placed and intravenous fluids are administered. An anesthetic protocol is selected which is more appropriate for your pet and its current health status. Once anesthetized with injectable anesthesia an endotracheal tube is placed to protect the respiratory system from the water used in the procedure. All dogs are placed on inhaled anesthesia. Cats may be placed on inhaled anesthesia depending on their health status.
Finally we can get to the teeth. They are cleaned both manually and with an ultrasonic cleaner just like at your own dentist. Once they are cleaned, each tooth is examined individually for fractures, wear, loss of gum, loss of bony support and cavity like holes. If there are any problems dental x-rays will be taken to further identify the extent of the damage. At this point a decision will need to be made if it is best to leave the tooth. If teeth are removed, pain relievers and antibiotics may be administered. Occasionally a root canal will be recommended which would require referral to a veterinary dentist. After any problems with the teeth are dealt with, the teeth are polished and the animal is removed from anesthesia. Your pet’s recovery is monitored by a technician until it is awake. Once the animal is awake it can be sent home. It may go home with antibiotics and pain relievers for you to administer at home.
The pet may be groggy for a day after the procedure, but most will eat their regular food the following day no matter how extensive the procedure was. You may notice some drooling and even some bloody saliva. This acceptable as long as it is not severe and you’re pet is responding well to you. If you have any concerns during the recovery period do not hesitate to call. A veterinarian is always available. In a few days your pet should feel much better than before the procedure.