Pet Dental Care

Dental care, dental exams for dogs, cats, petsDental hygiene is an important part of your pet's health, and poor hygiene can be the cause of serious illness. If not treated properly, dental problems such as gingivitis and periodontal disease can often lead to serious systemic problems in your pet due to oral bacteria entering the bloodstream and stressing vital organs. Preventative veterinary care includes periodic dental exams and teeth cleanings.

Starting with your pet's first exam, our doctors examine your pet's mouth for any signs of discomfort or disease. Your doctor also sets up an individualized plan to care for your pet's healthy teeth and mouth with home care and regular exams. When it becomes necessary to bring your dog or cat in for a dental cleaning, our doctors will anesthetize your pet to avoid any discomfort or stress.

Veterinary Dental Procedures Offered at Irving Pet Hospital Include:

  • Pre-anesthetic exam and blood test to make sure your pet will be safe under anesthesia
  • Intravenous catheter and fluids to help recovery and protect liver and kidneys
  • Pre-sedative pain medication
  • Antibiotic injection to prevent infection
  • Intubation and safe gas anesthetic (isoflurane)
  • Warm water heating pad and digital vital sign monitoring
  • Dental prophylaxis (hand scaling, ultrasonic scaling, root planing, polishing of the teeth)
  • Dental charting of your pet's teeth
  • Dental X-rays to determine the health of the tooth or teeth, if needed
  • Extractions, and pain medications, if needed
  • Tooth float, if indicated

We also offer complimentary nail trim at the time of your pet's dental procedure, and out-patient daycare during recovery. Your pet is sent home with a complimentary Home Care Sample Kit, with instructions for you from a trained staff member.

Dental Cleaning Before and After

Prevention: The Best Pet Dental Treatment

Dental care does not end with a visit to your veterinarian. You need to continue your veterinarian's good work at home. Brushing your pet's teeth is an important part of home dental care. The staff at Irving Pet Hospital can show you the proper method of brushing your pet's teeth. We also understand that veterinary care is a process of continual learning. This is why our staff technicians take regular continuing education sessions and seminars in veterinary dental care along with other aspects of veterinary science.

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