Veterinary Dental Care at Lockerby Animal Hospital
According to the Ontario Veterinary Medical Association (2007):
“Oral hygiene has perhaps been the most neglected aspect of pet health care. It is estimated that 90% of pets over 2 years of age have significant mouth disease and of that 90%, fully 50% require immediate attention.Many cats and dogs can have significant dental disease without showing any outward sign of discomfort even though it may be very painful for your pet. It is important for your pet to have a dental health examination at least once a year by a veterinarian.”
Lockerby Animal Hospital in Sudbury, Ontario takes pride in providing basic and advanced veterinary dental care for its patients. By closely assessing your pet’s mouth during physical examination, Dr. Wilkinson and Dr. Andrews can determine if your pet may be suffering from underlying dental disease that may not be apparent to you, their guardian.
Animals are notoriously stoic, and your dog or cat is no exception. Frequently we have seen extremely painful oral conditions in our patients to which the pet had no symptoms noticed by their guardians. This makes it very difficult for pet owners to assess whether their pet is in discomfort. Dr. Wilkinson and Dr. Andrews can assess common problems in dog’s and cat’s mouths such as broken and discolored teeth, gingivitis, missing and extra teeth, cavities, etc. If problems are observed, our team can discuss with you the steps that can be taken for further assessment, diagnosis, and treatment. Sometimes these steps involve a general anesthetic to ultrasonically clean and polish the teeth as a treatment for gingivitis known as a COHAT (Comprehensive Oral Health Assessment and Treatment), or they may involve more extensive surgical procedures to extract teeth that have been irreversibly damaged by endodontic or periodontal disease. Dental Cleanings for Your Pet As humans, we require regular cleaning and check-ups at the dentist to assess and treat oral disease or prevent diseases from developing. This is just as important for our pets. As mentioned above, a COHAT is an important part of your pet’s health care to assess, prevent and treat oral care issues. For the comfort of your pet, a general anesthetic will be used during the procedure. Your pet should have no food after 9 pm the night before the procedure. Water may be given up until the morning. Once your pet is anesthetized, a thorough oral examination and charting by our veterinarian is performed, and dental x-rays will be taken to ensure all of the teeth are healthy above and below the gums. The teeth are then probed, scaled, assessed and polished on all surfaces of the teeth. A medicated solution is used to flush below the gums and fluoride is applied to the teeth. If further work is required, our veterinarian will call you for consultation so together you can decide the best plan of care for your pet. Lockerby Animal Hospital is fully equipped with dental digital radiology and high speed dental surgical equipment for your pet’s care.