Pet Dental Care & Pet Dental Surgery
Pet dental care is an important part of your pet’s overall health and well-being. Neglecting dental care can lead to dental disease in your dog or cat. Even seemingly minor dental issues—swollen gums or plaque on the teeth—can lead to gum disease, systemic infections, and more serious health problems such as heart, lung, and kidney disease.
As a modern veterinary practice, Pacific Animal Hospital incorporates pet dental care into every wellness plan, from professional dental hygiene to home pet dental care instruction and support. Each pet dental plan is tailored to the animal’s breed, diet, condition, and lifestyle, as well as the needs and wishes of the pet owner. We provide every owner with information and instruction designed to maximize pet health care and minimize costly and traumatic veterinary interventions.
Pet Dental Procedures and Diagnostics
Every patient is routinely examined for pet dental health and recommendations are made for any necessary corrective procedures, as well as ongoing oral hygiene and support. Thorough examinations and cleanings are performed under general anesthesia to ensure complete cleaning of all tooth surfaces above and below the gum line and to protect your pet from stress and injury.
Anesthesia and Pet Dental Care
Pre–anesthesia testing and laboratory work are performed prior to every procedure, and your pet is closely monitored from the initiation of anesthesia through full recovery by a trained anesthetic nurse. The veterinarian may take high–resolution digital dental X–rays for accuracy in diagnosing current and developing problems.
High–speed instruments similar to human dentistry are used to remove plaque from the teeth and polish enamel. For some pets, we recommend fluoride treatment or the application of sealant to strengthen teeth and maximize dental health.
In addition, we offer more advanced veterinary dental procedures as needed, such as tooth extractions and oral surgery. State–of–the–art technology and advanced training ensure your pet receives the safest experience available in pet dental care and surgical services.
Pacific Animal Hospital maintains the highest standards in pet dental care. We follow recommendations for quality set by the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) and the American Veterinary Dental Society.
Contact our office for answers to your questions about pet dental care or to schedule your pet for dental cleaning at Pacific Animal Hospital.
Read the AAHA Dental Care Guidelines for Dogs, a framework for canine dentistry practice including dental examinations, teeth cleaning, and veterinary surgical procedures.