Dental disease is a common problem in pets. Although your pets teeth may look bright and shiny on the surface, plaque and tartar can hide below the gumline and act as a breeding ground for bacteria and decay. The best way to prevent dental disease is through at-home maintenance (daily brushing and/or dental treats) and a comprehensive oral assessment and treatment (COHAT) once a year.
Oral exams and treatment are done under general anesthesia. A simple chemistry panel and complete blood count (CBC) are performed in order to assess the patient’s ability to process and clear anesthetic drugs. A full dental typically involves an oral exam, the use of a probe to identify receding gums or pockets around the teeth, radiographs to visualize the roots of the teeth and surrounding bone, and scaling and polishing. Extractions may be necessary depending on the severity of dental disease.
February is National Pet Dental Health Month! We offer special rates and packages for dentals during this time.
The Veterinary Oral Health Council provides a list of products approved to control plaque and tartar for both dogs and cats.
It is also recommended for large animals like horses, llamas, and alpacas have a yearly exam and treatment (“floating” their teeth).