Dental Cleaning at Abbotts Way Veterinary Clinic

By: Abbotts Way Vet  05-Apr-2012
Keywords: Pets, Dogs, Pet

Eight out of ten adult pets have periodontal disease which can result in infected gums, abscesses, or loose teeth. If untreated, tooth and gum disease may allow bacteria to enter the bloodstream and cause damage to the valves of the heart. Most of this dog's teeth had to be extracted as the disease process had progressed to far.

Further complications of the liver, kidneys or bone marrow often evolve from dental neglect. At best tooth and gum disease causes discomfort so please call our receptionist to schedule an appointment to insure your special pet has healthy, pain free teeth.

As dental surgery requires general anaesthesia we strongly recommend that your pet has a preanaesthetic blood test. These tests are run in our in house laboratory on the morning of the denal procedure. We will look at the health of the blood cells and the vital organs such as the kidneys and the liver. You will be given the option to waive these tests when you sign the anaesthetic consent form when your pet is admitted for surgery.

It is also important that you prepare your pet by withholding all food from 8pm the night before and removing the water bowl at 7am on the day of the surgery.

Once yor pet is anaesthetised it's teeth will be cleaned with an ultrasonic scaler and polished with a fluoride paste. They will then be assessed for decay, loss of enamel and gum recession and any unhealthy teeth will be extracted. If teeth are removed your pet will be sent home with a course of antibiotics and pain relief to ensure a rapid recovery.

Most patients will go home between 4pm and 6pm but those needing several extractions or intravenous fluids may stay overnight. Please telephone the clinic after 2.30pm to check when to collect your pet.

Dental home care is important to maintain healthy teeth and gums. This may consist of teeth brushing, the use of the Hills t/d prescription food or various dental treats and chews such as Greenies

Keywords: Cats, Dogs, Pet, Pets, Veterinary, Veterinary Clinic

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Is anaesthesia safe in pets at the veterinary clinic

It is critical to monitor the patient’s vitals while under anaesthesia to ensure that the respiratory and cardiovascular systems are functioning well, and to ensure that the patient is not under too lightly or too deeply. The risk of a pet dying under anaesthesia while undergoing a routine spay, neuter, dental or mass removal is extremely low, but this risk can be affected by the anaesthetic drugs used and the monitoring of the patient.



Abbotts Way Veterinary Clinic is a full service veterinary clinic for small animals, which includes dogs, cats, and pocket pets such as rabbits, guinea pigs, rats and. This guarantee is not limited to our own clients, we will see any pet that is sick on the day that you call us. Probably of most importance is that if your pet is sick we will never make you wait until tomorrow to be seen.


Preanaesthetic blood testing at Abbotts Way Veterinary Clinic

We will perform a complete physical examination to look for any existing medical conditions that might complicate the procedure or compromise your pet’s health. We perform pre-anaesthetic testing for companion animals for the same reasons your doctor would run tests on you before you underwent anaesthesia.


Pet Dentistry

At Abbotts Way Veterinary Clinic we grade your pets teeth at every visit and if prophylactic cleaning is required we will advise you accordingly. Tooth resorption is the most common dental problem in cats, with studies worldwide showing a prevalence rate of up to 75%. Resorptions of permanent teeth in cats have commonly been referred to as feline odontoclastic resorptive lesions.