Whether we do it or not, every year we should be venturing to the dentist’s office and receiving our dental check-ups. While you have a say in whether you go, your pet does not. Dogs and cats alike can fall victim to many types of dental problems that can arise, and a lot of these things cannot be detected without dental cleanings. While this next part may sound intimidating, it is important to make sure that your pet’s dental cleanings are not anesthesia-free.
Ponderosa Veterinary Clinic strives to be the best vet for dental care in Colorado Springs and so we know that your pet’s safety is the most important thing to you. We understand that the idea of putting your furry friend under for a dental cleaning might sound scary, but we make sure to follow all industry guidelines set by the AAHA to make certain that everything runs smoothly. The AAHA standards are specifically designed with your pets’ best interest in mind. It can be a traumatizing experience for your pet when it comes to dental cleanings without being anesthetized, so AAHA has made sure to set guidelines to make sure the process is as safe as possible, and Ponderosa Vet Clinic never fails to follow these guidelines.
Why It Is Important To Have Your Dog’s Dental Cleanings Performed Under Anesthesia
Without anesthetizing your pet for a dental cleaning or procedure, their experience can be traumatizing. Much like a dentist visit isn’t your favorite time of year, your pet will not understand what is happening to them. Anesthesia-free dental cleaning means your pet is awake the entire time. There are bright lights flashing in their face, people poking and prodding in their mouth and without an understanding of what is happening, they will be scared and nervous. Anesthetizing your animal beforehand means they can relax comfortably and not be stressed during the process.
Under anesthesia, dental x-rays can be taken when your pet is in a stable position, ensuring a clear image. This is an important process because the x-rays will be able to show us what we aren’t able to see on the surface. The AAHA says that “Since 60% of a tooth is below the gum-line, problems such as retained roots, root fractures, and periodontal disease can only be detected on radiographs.”
If awake during the procedure, the dentist will only be able to clean the surface of your pet’s teeth. This means they will not be able to find more serious issues and do a thorough cleaning. If your pet is anesthetized, we will be able to do tartar scaling which means we scrape above and below the gum to remove tartar build up. We will also be able to find dental diseases that your pet may be enduring.
What to Expect During an Anesthetized Dental Cleaning
At Ponderosa Vet Clinic in Colorado Springs, we understand how scary anesthetizing your animal may be for you. Because of this, we want to ensure that you know the steps we take, guidelines set by the AAHA, to put your mind at ease during the process.
Firstly, there will be a full body screening with a physical exam and blood tests to make sure that your pet is good to go. By doing this, we can ensure that your pet’s liver and kidneys are in good health and will be able to handle the procedure.
Once we start, we will make sure that your animal feels safe. We know how stressful something like this can be, so we will take the proper care to make them feel comfortable and under as little pressure as possible.
During the procedure we will have a technician who will constantly check and monitor your pet’s vitals. By doing this, we will be able to track your animal’s vitals and make sure their body is handling the procedure.
Once the procedure is completed, your pet will start to recover about 15 minutes or so afterwards. They will be safely resting for a few hours afterwards and will go home with you the same day.
Contact Ponderosa Vet Clinic for Your Pets Dental Cleanings
Ponderosa Veterinary Clinic in Colorado Springs wants to treat your animal as well as we can. We want to make sure that every visit your animal has with us, including dental cleanings, can be as enjoyable as possible. We are here for all your pets needs including wellness exams, vaccinations, spay and neuter, and much more. We strive to be the best veterinary clinic in Colorado Springs by following and exceeding the guidelines set by the AAHA. Contact Ponderosa Vet Clinic for any and all your pet’s dental needs.