Why Using Anesthesia for Pets Dental and Teeth Cleaning is Safe
When it comes to pets and their teeth, an annual cleaning by our veterinarians in Westlake Village is necessary to keep the gum areas and other organs healthy. We recommend anesthesia to perform teeth cleaning and understand that some owners of dogs and cats may be wary of its use. But let us tell you more about the entire dental process at our animal clinic serving Thousand Oaks, Westlake Village and the surrounding areas of Lake Sherwood, Newbury Park, Agoura Hills, and Oak Park and why anesthesia is safe.
Why is Dental Care So Important?
With poor dental care, food and saliva combine on the teeth to form plaque, a substance that adheres to the teeth and even gets under the gums. The plaque attracts bacteria, and this is where the damage comes in. Unchecked bacteria can cause periodontal disease, tooth loss, and jawbone abscesses. Periodontal disease is a gum disease that affects tissues above and surrounding the teeth. As the condition worsens, bacteria buildup causes inflammation, tissue damage, and eventually destroys gums, connective tissues and the underlying jawbone. The bacteria from this plaque and tartar buildup can also spread to the internal organs causing serious issues such as heart disease. Proper dental care prevents these issues from occurring.
Pre-Procedure Exam and Assessment by Our Veterinarians
Before any dental procedure on dogs or cats, our veterinarians perform a thorough examination and series of tests to ensure pets are healthy and able to handle anesthesia. These tests, performed at our veterinary, include a complete blood panel, urinalysis and other testing as may be indicated.
Teeth Cleaning Steps and Procedures for Dogs and Cats
Once pets have been deemed healthy and safe for anesthesia, we begin by administering the anesthesia so your pet will be comfortable and safe, and our veterinarians will be able to perform a thorough job without dogs or cats moving. We use the most up-to-date and safe anesthesia products for pets and use our modern anesthetic monitoring equipment to supervise the pet’s condition throughout the procedure. Once pets are ready, the veterinarians do the following:
- Thorough oral check using digital x-rays to check for problems beneath the gum such as broken teeth, infections, and periodontal disease
- Complete cleaning beneath the gum line to clean out the bacteria and arrest developing periodontal disease
- Scaling and polishing the lower part of the teeth
Why Do Our Veterinarians Recommend Using Anesthesia?
Although it is possible to clean the teeth of a calm pet, we recommend using anesthesia for teeth cleaning of dogs and cats for two main reasons. First, for pets who undergo the procedure while awake, it is frightening and uncomfortable and from then on, their visits to our veterinary for any reason will probably fill them with pure terror. Second, it is extremely difficult for our veterinarians to work on pets who are unable to be still.
Our veterinarians at our animal clinic, serving Thousand Oaks, Lake Sherwood, Newbury Park, Agoura Hills, Oak Park, and Westlake Village, want the best for your pet’s health and well-being and regular teeth cleaning plays a big part in that. Call us today at (805) 495-1059, make an appointment for your pet’s teeth cleaning, and learn about both our new client and referral specials.