Most of our canine and feline patients over the age of one year have some build up of dental calculus and tartar. During the annual comprehensive physical examination, our doctors will evaluate the teeth and determine if and when a dental cleaning is necessary.
All patients will have preanesthetic bloodwork evaluated prior to dental cleaning. In order to properly clean your pet’s teeth, a general anesthetic must first be administered and the animal must be intubated to protect the airways. The anesthesia is maintained using gas anesthesia (Isoflurane) and the patient is monitored (heart rate and oxygenation) using pulse oximetry during the entire procedure. Pain medication and antibiotics will be administered during and after the anesthesia and dental cleaning as necessary.