Does my pet really need a dental cleaning?
Rest assured that we will only recommend a dental cleaning if your pet truly needs it. The teeth are always examined as part of your pet’s yearly wellness exam. We will show you the degree of tartar buildup and discuss the problems associated with periodontal disease. If your pet’s tartar buildup is mild, we may, for example, recommend a dental cleaning in 4-6 months.
Do you really have to pull teeth?
When dental cleanings are performed regularly, we often do not have to extract any teeth. We certainly do not enjoy having to extract teeth; please understand that we only extract teeth that are too diseased to save. We often find loose and decaying teeth that are far beyond saving and are a significant source of pain for your pet. Your pet is far better off (and much more comfortable) without these diseased teeth.
Isn’t my pet too old to be anesthetized?
We routinely anesthetize geriatric pets. Keep in mind that old age alone is not a disease. We will take your pet’s overall health status into account before making any recommendation involving anesthesia. We highly recommend a preanesthetic blood profile for geriatric pets to check for proper organ function prior to anesthesia. All patients receive intravenous fluids throughout the procedure to help maintain renal (kidney) blood flow and to help maintain blood pressure. A trained technician monitors your pet throughout the procedure, and computerized equipment monitors your pet's vital bodily functions. On occasion, some pets cannot be safely anesthetized, and we may recommend alternative options for dental care.
How much does a dental cleaning cost?
We will provide you an estimate upon request. The fee can vary depending on the degree of tartar buildup and whether extractions or other therapy or medications are required.
How often will my pet need a cleaning?
That can depend on a number of factors including breed, diet, and level of home care you provide. In general, small dog breeds require dental cleanings more often than larger breeds. Small breeds often require cleanings every 1-2 years. Larger breeds may do fine with cleanings only every 2-4 years. Cats usually need cleanings every 1-3 years.
For more pet dental information, visit the Pet Dental website.