I've never even heard about doing dentistry on dogs
and cats and today my veterinarian told me my 5 year old Dachshund has
pyorrhea and loose teeth.
The dentistry procedure that's needed will cost a
bundle and my dog needs to have some teeth pulled and antibiotics for
How is a dental procedure done in a dog
or cat anyway!?
dentistry... dogs... cats... what is
You aren't alone... most people never even
look inside their dog cat's mouth to see if there are any
problems. Pets do get gum infections, loose teeth, broken
and worn teeth and even oral cancers. These dental problems
too often go unrecognized for a long time. Dental problems
can have a negative impact on the dog or cat's health.
Your veterinarian may suggest doing a
chemistry panel and CBC (complete blood count) prior to the dental
procedure. The usual sequence goes like this...
The dog or cat is admitted with an empty stomach
An exam is done again and preanesthetic sedative is given
An i.v. catheter is placed and secured in a vein
A short acting injectable anesthetic given
An endotracheal tube is inserted into the "windpipe"
The patient is connected via the endotracheal tube to a gas
anesthetic machine to maintain a state of light anesthesia during
The teeth are cleaned with an ultrasonic instrument, then polished
and sometimes a fluoride substance is swabbed onto the teeth
During the procedure the doctor will extract any damaged or
very loose teeth, clean any gingival pockets, and inspect
for oral ulcers or growths.
the procedure and termination of inhalant anesthesia a
technician will stay with the patient until a safe awareness level
is achieved (usually just a few minutes). The endotracheal
tube is removed and the patient lazily reawakens further from its
At home the owner will follow-up the
dental procedure with home oral hygiene care products and
inspections. Many dogs never need a dentistry, some need
dental procedures done annually. Regarding future dental
hygiene factors, a lot depends on individual genetic
predispositions, type of food, degree of water purity available,
and home care provided by the pet owners.