Dental scale and polish
Dental disease is the most common infectious disease of our pets. It is estimated that over 80% of cats and dogs over the age of 3 years require dental treatment now! Our pets are very good at hiding dental disease so it can be difficult to recognise the signs of a sore mouth. Smelly breath, poor appetite, weight loss and ulcers are just some of the symptoms of an unhappy mouth. Dental disease has also been linked to poor general health and damage to internal organs such as the kidneys through the spread of harmful bacteria from the mouth.
During the treatment we use an ultrasonic scaler to remove any build-up of tartar and calculus on the teeth. We then probe around the teeth, record any damage and remove any teeth that require extraction. Pets that have significant dental disease may have severe damage to the gum and the ligaments holding the tooth in place. These teeth are painful, infected and at risk of forming an abscess. Unfortunately, once the gum and tooth are severely damaged, there is no way to reverse the disease and repair the tooth. Usually, pets with significant dental disease need to have multiple extractions to remove infection and stop severe pain. At Vet Crèche we do everything to make sure this is as painless as possible, using pain relief injections and medication to go home with.
Finally, we perform a polish to smooth out the tooth surface and restore nice resistant enamel. This has to be done under a short anaesthetic, otherwise we can’t see all the teeth (and we might lose a few fingers in the process!).
Regular cleaning of your dog or cat’s teeth combined with yearly dental check-ups (which are part of the wellness exam) are a vital part of ensuring your pet is happy and healthy and from preventing further extractions. Feeding a raw food diet, especially raw meaty bones is a great way to keep your dog’s mouth clean and healthy.
Extractions incur an extra charge as there is extra time and work involved in extracting teeth, especially large teeth like the molars. Canine teeth have an extremely long root and require a special extraction technique called a ‘buccal flap’ to allow access to the root and removal of the tooth.
We also offer intravenous fluid therapy (IVFT) which is a ‘drip’ used to support your pet’s blood pressure and circulation during anaesthesia, this makes it safer and results in a quicker recovery time. The cost of fluid support is £50.