Dental Care

Pets Need Dental Cleanings Too!

hen your dog gives you a kiss, do your cringe from the smell? Is your cat not eating as much as it used to? These could be signs of dental disease such as tartar build up, broken teeth, exposed roots or even oral tumors. We recommend anesthetized dental cleanings in order to fully examine your pet's mouth. During an anesthetized dental cleaning, teeth and gums are examined, tartar is removed from the tooth surface and under the gum line, and damaged teeth are extracted. While under anesthesia, your pet's blood pressure, heart rate, breathing, EKG, temperature and blood oxygenation is continuously monitored by a veterinary assistant.

Pre-dental Procedure

If your pet is having a dental cleaning, please don't Give food or water after 10:00 pm the night before. Please plan enough time in the morning to fill out paperwork when you drop off your pet Or download the Dental Consent Form here and bring it to your appointment.

Post-dental Procedure

The evening after the dental cleaning, please monitor your pet as closely as possible. Normal after effects of anesthesia may include difficulty walking, vomiting and sensitivity to light and sound. Your pet will need to be helped in and out of the car, up and down stairs, and on and off the sofa. They may think they are normal, but the drugs take a few hours to be processed and for the sedative effects to wear off. For that first night, it is advisable to confine your pet to avoid any tripping, falling or other abrupt movements and to check the gum color often. By the next morning, the effects of anesthesia should have worn off. Please monitor your pet's appetite and offer wet food for the next 5-7 days if they have had extractions. If you have ANY questions or concerns, call us at (415) 753-2884