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Due to our loss of Dr. Todd, we are unable to perform dental procedures for the foreseeable future. Once this situation changes, we will update our website and clients accordingly.
We apologize for any inconvenience.
Next to obesity, dental health is the most common issue that pet owners face with their furry friends. Dental health is directly tied to general health throughout the body as it is possible for dental disease and bacteria to cause infections other places in the body, as well as cause pain and discomfort for your pet while eating or playing with their toys. You would be surprised how much a dirty mouth can effect your dog or cat's life. The pets most susceptible to dental disease are smaller dogs (chihuahuas, dachshunds, yorkies, etc). Smaller dogs have just as much bacteria in their mouth as a large dog with only a fifth of the space (or less) in their mouths, so their teeth and dental health tend to worsen faster than bigger dogs and cats. For small dog owners, dentals for your pet every 1-2 years are ideal. Unchecked dental issues and decay lead to pain and diseased teeth that usually end with extractions. The healthier you can keep your pet's mouth, the more comfortable they will be.
Dogs and cats don't open up and say "Ahhhhh" very well, so dental procedures must be done under full anesthesia. Your pet will be intubated and we will use a very safe and fast acting gas anesthesia to keep your pet comfortable while the procedure is performed. As with any anesthetic procedure, monitoring your pet while they are sleeping is very important. We are able to monitor your pet's vitals including:
With any person or pet under anesthesia, an IV catheter will be placed to give immediate access to the blood stream for fluids, induction medications, as well as emergency medications if the need arises.
A thorough dental cleaning will include ultrasonic scaling of all teeth to break up and remove all of the hard calculus that has built up on your pet's teeth as well as under the gum line. We use the same type of scaling instrument that your dentist uses to clean your teeth every six months! We even add in an antibacterial agent into our water supply for added cleanliness!
Polishing is very important during a dental cleaning. We use a grit polish to smooth over all surfaces of the teeth to reduce the probability of those nasty mouth bacteria grabbing hold on the teeth and creating a dirty mouth again faster.
Just like what your dentist does for you, fluoride is used to help strengthen your teeth and reduce the rate of decay. We apply this fluoride foam at the end of the procedure.
Dental mapping entails taking a probe instrument and thoroughly checking around each tooth root for bone loss, decay and gingivitis. Not all dental issues are seen above the gum line, so investigating the mouth as much as we can during a dental procedure is very important. You will go home with a chart of your pet's mouth showing you all of the abnormalities, missing teeth, periodontal pockets around the teeth as well as it will illustrate what was accomplished during the dental, such as extractions.
Comprehensive Chemistry Panel and/or Complete Blood Count
We ALWAYS recommend pre-anesthetic blood work for all our patients, especially those patients over 6 years old. These tests may reveal; underlying kidney, liver and other internal organ issues, infection, anemia, etc. These conditions may require us to delay the planned procedure or adapt our anesthetic regimen. Like you, our greatest concern is the well-being of your pet and these tests are comparable to the tests your own physician would run if you were to go under anesthesia.
If you authorize blood work, we will perform the testing the day of the procedure while we tend to the drop off procedure and discuss the results of the analysis before you leave that morning.
Full Chemistry and CBC - $100 Comprehensive Chemistry Only - $70 CBC only - $40
An IV catheter will be placed in every anesthetic patient to allow for anesthetic induction and for constant and immediate access to the patient’s vein should an emergency arise to allow administration of emergency medications. We recommend that anesthetic patients have intravenous fluids administered during the procedure to keep your pet hydrated, help flush anesthetic agents from the body faster, to help staff maintain blood pressure while under anesthesia and to help ease recovery after surgery. This is optional, but comes highly recommended.
Fluid therapy is an additional $30
Upon initial exam of your pet's mouth, Dr. Todd may recommend a course of antibiotics before the procedure to reduce the bacteria population in your pet's mouth to make the dental safer for your pet. During the cleaning, if diseased teeth are found and you elect to have them extracted, post-operative antibiotics may also be recommended depending on the severity of the dental disease. Pain meds are available for your pet as well because we all know that dental procedures aren't the most pleasurable of experiences and your pet's comfort is important to us.
Pricing varies by patient size.
We are currently working on assembling a full-digital dental radiology unit to help us provide an even more thorough look into your pet's dental health. Full-mouth dental radiographs are always recommended as best medicine because many issues can be hiding under the gum line. We will be able to use the x-rays to better diagnose and treat your pet.
Pricing coming soon
If you have a diseased tooth that can't be saved, the best course of action is to extract it from the mouth completely. A tooth that is diseased, but left in the mouth can cause further dental issues and discomfort for your pet.
If your pet needs extractions, we are able to do a local block (just like what your dentist does for you) to help keep post-operative pain to a minimum for your pet.
Prices vary depending on which type of tooth and level of difficulty to extract.
Extractions vary from $10 - $60 per tooth.
Take advantage of the fact that your pet is under anesthesia and get some of the more uncomfortable routine things tended to without them even knowing it!
Our basic dental cleaning starts at $275.