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                                                  Frequently Asked Questions

1. Why does my pet need a dental?   What are the benefits?

Answer:  The mouth is the gateway to the body. Poor oral hygiene may lead to systemic disease and changes on blood work due to a constant source of bacteria that the body must work to control daily.

2. Will my pet be in any kind of pain after the dental?

Answer:  If your pet has extractions during the procedure, he/she will be sent home with pain medication for 3-5 days post operative.

3. What types of food may my pet eat after the procedure?

Answer:  Generally, pets can return to their normal diet immediately following a dental cleaning. If extractions are performed, soft food will be recommended for approximately 7 days post operative. Specific instructions will be provided following extensive dental work.

4. Is anesthesia safe for my pet?

Answer:  Yes. Appropriate precautions must be taken in each pet prior to planning anesthesia. These include age-appropriate blood work within 3 months and a complete physical exam. A dental is performed where anesthesia is tailored to your pet through monitoring levels of Heart Rate, Blood Pressure, Oxygen Saturation Level (Spo2), EKG and Temperature.

       a. How long is my pet under anesthesia?

Answer:  The time under anesthesia varies based on the grade level. Grade 1 is approximately 45 min - 1 hour in length. Grade 4 is approximately 1.5 - 3 hours in length.

      b.  Are there any repercussions if my pet has a heart issue?

Answer: A pet with a heart murmur is still able to have a successful dental! It is recommended that a pet with a heart murmur have a workup with a cardiologist prior to having a dental. During the dental, a specific anesthetic protocol will be used for pets with a heart murmur.

5. What if I am unable to brush at home?

Answer: Ask your veterinarian for prescription diets that aide in dental maintenance such as Hill's t/d or Purina DH. Please also visit for more tips and products that will help with dental maintenance while at home.

6. Is there any age limit to having a dental procedure?

Answer:  No. It is imperative however that each pet has their annual health/physical exam as well as necessary blood work. Older pets often need a more extensive dental procedure, especially if they have not had yearly dental cleanings and/or dental maintenance beginning at a young age.

7. Are there any restrictions if my pet is Diabetic?

Answer:  Each pet will have a tailored plan. Your veterinarian will discuss the adjustments of the insulin and food for the morning of the dental.

8. What is the importance of a whole mouth radiograph?

Answer:  Radiographs screen for impacted teeth, tooth root abscess, cysts or dental disease at the root tips that is not always obvious from probing during the exam of the gingival surface.

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