People go to the dentist every six months for a reason. The same reasons apply to our pets.
Tooth and gum infections are the most common problem diagnosed in our pets today and if left untreated canshorten their lives by as much as five years. According to the American Veterinary Dental Society, 80% of dogs and 70% of cats have dental disease by the age of three. Here is what this means for your pet:
- Bad breath = mouth disease.
- Dental disease and gum infections are painful.
- Pets can’t complain about the pain and discomfort of chronically infected gums and teeth.
- Untreated gum infections lead to bone infection and tooth loss.
- Infection from the mouth gets into the bloodstream and can spread throughout the body and cause disease in the heart, liver, lungs and kidneys - just as this occurs in humans.
The good news for your pet is that this major health problem is both preventable and treatable. At the Adobe Pet Hospital we provide the highest quality dental care because your pet’s health and comfort are our top priorities. Our dental procedures are very different from what you may find at most other veterinary hospitals. Here is what sets us apart:
- Your pet will have a doctor and two veterinary technicians to monitor and care for them throughout the day.
- Prior to anesthesia a complete physical exam is performed.
- A pre-anesthetic blood panel to check for hidden health problems not obvious on the physical exam is done.
- An electrocardiogram (ECG) is done to evaluate the heart.
- Based on the results of your pets physical exam and test results, your doctor then tailors the anesthetic and pain medications used to his or her individual needs. This helps to ensure a safe and pain free procedure for your pet.
- Pre-op medications are given to insure your pet is relaxed and pain free prior to his or her procedure. This allows us to use a lower level of gas anesthetic for an extra level of safety, especially in older pets.
- An intravenous catheter is placed and fluid therapy is administered to keep your pet hydrated. This helps your pet recover from anesthesia more quickly and safely.
- Anesthesia is strictly monitored with a combination of sophisticated equipment and careful hands-on attention by a nurse who will be with your pet throughout the entire procedure and recovery.
- Your pet’s teeth are checked for pockets, charted, and ultrasonically cleaned by a veterinary nurse with special training.
- Dental X-rays are taken to provide valuable information about your pet’s dental health hidden below the gum line. Many problems are not visible without this important step and specialized treatment is based on the findings.
- The teeth are polished to remove any microscopic plaque and tartar. This prevents buildup from returning as quickly.
- Your pet then gets a fluoride treatment followed by the application of a dental sealant, Orovet® which has been shown to significantly reduce plaque buildup.
- Your pet’s doctor supervises the anesthesia and dental cleaning, and will perform any extractions if teeth are too diseased to save. If extractions are necessary, additional pain medications are given to your pet.
- During recovery, warmed blankets are used to make sure your pet is comfortable.
- We will notify you as soon as your pet is awake and give you details about the procedure.
- When it’s time to go home, your pet’s nurse will review detailed written instructions on how to keep your pet comfortable at home.
- The following day you will be contacted to make sure your pet is doing well and answer any questions you may have.
As a member of the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA), the Adobe Pet Hospital follows the highest standards of dental care and cleaning set by this organization. Only 14% of veterinary hospitals qualify to become members of AAHA.
If you have any questions about any of our services please call and we will be happy to provide more detail. Our goal is to do everything possible to ensure a long healthy life for your pet. Keeping your pet’s mouth clean and healthy is a critical step in that process.