Our veterinarians provide dental services including routine cleaning and polishing (dental prophylaxis) and surgical extractions to manage and treat severe oral disease conditions.
When dental problems and oral diseases are diagnosed, sometimes a dental procedure may be necessary. Pleasant Hills Pet Hospital is equipped with state-of-the-art oral surgical equipment and the latest technology to provide your pet with a safe and (advanced) dental procedure.
Pleasant Hills Pet Hospital offers a full range of dental services for cats and dogs including dental examinations, dental extractions, and oral surgery as well as home care instructions for keeping your dog's or cat's teeth clean and healthy.
Our Dental Procedures includes the following:
- Pre-Anesthetic Exam - Your Veterinarian will thoroughly examine your pet to make sure their healthy enough to undergo anesthesia. Depending on your pet’s age and general physical condition, your veterinarian may also run blood, urine, ECG, and x-ray tests to check for any dangerous heart, kidney, or other conditions. Though there is some risk associated with any medical procedure, modern anesthesia is usually safe, even for older pets.
- Anesthesia Monitoring - During anesthesia, the monitoring and recording of your pet’s vital signs (such as body temperature, heart rate, and respiration, as well as other important factors) is important. This helps ensure the safety of your pet while undergoing anesthesia.
- Scaling and Polishing - Veterinarians are advised to use similar instruments as human dentists to remove plaque and calculus from your pet’s teeth. To smooth out any scratches in the tooth enamel, polishing with a special paste is also recommended.
Pet Dental Care
Routine and preventive dental care is vital to your pet’s long term health. Pets with poor oral hygiene can develop periodontal disease, which can often lead to heart, lung, and kidney disease. Pleasant Hills Pet Hospital offers a full range of dental services for cats and dogs including dental examinations, dental extractions, and oral surgery as well as home care instructions for keeping your dog's or cat's teeth clean and healthy.
Routine Pet Dental Examinations
Our veterinarians perform basic oral exams on all our patients during their comprehensive physical exam. Puppies and kittens will be examined to detect any problems related to the deciduous (baby) teeth, missing or extra teeth, swellings, and oral development. Senior pets will be evaluated for developmental anomalies, the accumulation of plaque and tartar, periodontal disease, and oral tumors.
The American Veterinary Dental Society reports that 80% of dogs and 70% of cats show signs of oral disease by the age of 3. Dental disease doesn’t affect just the mouth. It can lead to more serious health problems including heart, lung, and kidney disease, which makes it all the more important that you provide your pets with proper dental care from the start. The American Animal Hospital Association recommends Veterinary Dental procedures at least annually starting at one year of age for cats and small-breed dogs, and at 2 years of age for large breed dogs.
Good Oral Hygiene for Pets
Dental Care Tips for Dogs and Cats
- Schedule a dental oral exam for your dog or cat every year
- Schedule regular dental cleanings as recommended by your veterinarian
- To help prevent dental disease at home you can do the following:
- Brush their teeth daily. Watch this video to learn how to brush your pet’s teeth.
- Give dental chews
- Use Biotene water additive to your pets water daily. Watch this video to learn more about Biotene.