Pet Dental Care
A dirty mouth is usually frowned upon, and when it comes to your pet’s health, a buildup of bacteria in the mouth can lead to pet dental disease and other health conditions that can affect your pet’s major organs, including the heart, liver, and kidneys. But how do you know if your pet has too much bacteria in his mouth? Here are a few signs:
- Bad breath
- Yellow, brown, discolored, or loose teeth
- Red, inflamed gums
- Pain while eating
- Diminished interest in chew toys
- Swollen mouth or gums
- Pawing at mouth
At Republic Veterinary Hospital, we understand that healthy teeth and gums lead to happy, healthy pets, and we aim to provide the best pet dental care in Hays County. During your pet’s regular wellness exam, we’ll discuss his dental condition and make recommendations for keeping his teeth and gums healthy. Pet dental recommendations may range from daily brushing at home to an in-hospital dental cleaning and examination.
If your pet requires an in-hospital cleaning, he’ll be well cared for and given a thorough examination, cleaning, and further diagnostics, including dental radiography. In order to accomplish this, we’ll use general anesthesia.
Anesthesia and Your Pet
Even the best-behaved pet isn’t too keen on the idea of someone poking around in his mouth. For the safety of your pet, and to ensure a thorough and effective dental procedure, general anesthesia is required.
Throughout any procedure requiring general anesthesia, we monitor the pet’s heart rate, blood pressure, blood oxygen levels, breathing rate, and temperature closely. An exam and pre-anesthetic blood work, including a major abdominal organ screen and complete blood count, are performed prior to the dental cleaning. An intravenous catheter is placed, and every pet is maintained on fluid therapy (unless medically contraindicated) to give maximum support to abdominal organs through the anesthetic procedure. Pets receiving dental care at Republic are almost always able to return home on the same day as the procedure.
If you think your pet is suffering from dental issues schedule an appointment to have your pet’s dental health evaluated.