Through February 28, 2018
Suffolk Animal Hospital
1232 Holland Road
Suffolk, Virginia, 23434Get Directions
Don’t turn your nose to Fido’s or Fluffy’s bad breath! That odor might signify a serious health risk, with the potential to damage not only your pet’s teeth and gums but its internal organs as well…
When you bring your pet to see Dr. Carr, she will stage your pet’s teeth based on the amount dental disease present. This helps us estimate what will need to be done to help improve your pet’s dental health.
After staging, the Dr. Carr will be able to recommend prevention and/or treatment. With low stage dental disease, she may recommend home care such as proper teeth brushing, dental rinse, or dental chews be used to prevent additional plaque buildup. Check out the video below to help you learn to properly brush your pet’s teeth.
With more advanced stages of dental disease, Dr. Carr will recommend a Dental Cleaning with or with tooth removal (a.k.a extractions). Dental Cleanings for pets are much different than for people. First, difference is that all pets are placed on antibiotics both before and after the procedure. If a pet can not tolerate the taking the meds by mouth at home, there are injectable antibiotics available. The biggest difference between people and pets is that pet dental cleanings are preformed under full anesthesia. This is done to allow the doctor to perform all the services needed such as tooth removal, gum incisions and oral mass removals without traumatizing the pet. Even a preventative dental scaling and polishing can be permanently damaging to the pet’s emotional and physical health if it is attempted without anesthesia! After the pet is anesthetized, dental radiographs are taken to help determine whether tooth extractions will be needed. After the doctor analyzes the radiographs, she will go straight into the necessary procedures. Depending on the severity of the dental disease, as soon by the x-rays, the pet may just need a scaling and polishing or tooth/teeth extractions. While the doctor is preforming the procedure, a Veterinary Assistant or LVT will be monitoring the pet constantly. They will receive IV Fluids to help keep their blood pressure stable and are treated to a warming blanket to keep their body temperature up. The pet will also receive an appropriate level of pain management based on how invasive their procedure was. Pictures are taken before and after the procedure so the owner can see the difference their pet’s mouth. Overall, it is considered a safe procedure and the benefits far outweigh the risk for most pets.
For the month of February, the entire country celebrates Dental Health Month and we have partnered with our manufactures and distributes to be able to provide you a steep discount on dental cleanings and polishing. All Dental Cleanings and Dental Supplies will be 10% the entire month of February! Be sure to call as soon as possible to be sure your pet’s dental cleaning can be scheduled before this specials ends!