Dirty mouth is usually not fun. When it comes to your pet’s health, a buildup of bacteria in the mouth can lead to dental disease and other health conditions. Dental disease can affect your pet’s major organs, including the heart, liver, and kidneys. Here are a few signs if your pet has too much bacteria in his mouth:
- Bad breath
- Yellow, brown, discolored, or loose teeth
- Red, inflamed gums
- Pain while eating
- Diminished interest in chew toys
- Swollen mouth or gums
- Pawing at mouth
At Nease Animal Hospital, we understand that healthy teeth and gums lead to happy, healthy pets. We aim to provide the best pet dental care. During your pet’s regular wellness exam, we’ll discuss his dental condition and make recommendations for keeping his teeth and gums healthy. Pet dental recommendations may range from daily brushing at home, dental chews or rinses to an in-hospital dental cleaning and dental x-rays.
If your pet requires an in-hospital cleaning, he’ll be well cared for by our pet dental experts given a thorough examination, cleaning, scaling, polishing and sealant and full mouth dental radiography. In order to accomplish this, we’ll use general anesthesia.
Even the best-behaved pet isn’t great someone poking around in his mouth. For the safety of your pet, and to ensure a thorough and effective dental procedure, general anesthesia is required.
Throughout any procedure requiring general anesthesia, we monitor the pet’s heart rate, blood pressure, blood oxygen levels, breathing rate, and temperature closely. A full physical exam and pre-anesthetic bloodwork, including a major abdominal organ screen and complete blood count, are performed prior to the dental. An intravenous catheter is placed, and every pet is maintained on fluid therapy to give maximum support to abdominal organs through the anesthetic procedure. Pets receiving dental care at Nease Animal Hospital are almost always able to return home on the same day as the procedure.