Your Pet Needs a Dental Procedure

During your pet’s physical examination, the vet noticed signs of dental disease. There are many possible causes for this such as:

  • Insufficient chewing
  • Chewing something too hard causing a tooth fracture
  • Your pet may be genetically predisposed to dental disease

How important is it for my pet to have the dental procedure?

Dental disease is often painful, as most of us are only too aware. Treating the problem will be sure to improve your pet’s quality of life and their breath!

It is best to treat dental disease as early as possible to that we have the best chance of saving the teeth involved and minimising discomfort. Left untreated, dental disease will progress and sometimes require us to extract the diseased teeth.

With better veterinary care and nutrition our pets are living longer and healthier lives and we would like to ensure that your pet’s mouth stays healthy and pain-free too.

What is the procedure for admitting my pet into hospital?

Do not feed your pet from 8pm the night before. Water is ok overnight. A nurse will admit your pet into hospital between 8 and 9am and ask you to sign a consent form. A blood test will be recommended to you on admission as standard protocol. This test is to assure your pet has no underlying health problems before we go ahead with the anaesthesia. This is recommended for every animal that requires anaesthesia. Although this test is highly advisable, it is not compulsory. We will sometimes need to phone you to discuss our findings and treatment options so please ensure you are contactable during the day

What happens once my pet is admitted for the dental procedure?

Once admitted into hospital a vet will do an examination to make sure your pet is fit and healthy for an anaesthetic. The blood will then be taken for the pre-anaesthetic blood screen and run in-house before a sedative (including pain relief) is given to help the anaesthesia go smoothly.

The anaesthetic is given via an intravenous catheter and a tube is placed down the wind pipe to administer anaesthetic gas and oxygen to keep your pet asleep. Intravenous fluids are given to support the circulation and blood pressure is monitored.  A surgical nurse will closely monitor the anaesthetic for the duration of the procedure.

The gums are probed and explored for abnormalities and the teeth are inspected for further infection, fractures and cavities. Dental radiographs maybe performed to check for any tooth root problems. Any abnormalities are recorded. Severely diseased teeth may need to be extracted and the gum sutured over with dissolvable stitches. All remaining teeth are ultrasonically scaled and polished to remove all tartar and plaque.

What about pain relief?

We always give pain relief before any dental procedure and also during/after the procedure if extractions are required. Your pet may also be sent home with a course of pain medication.

What time can I pick up my pet?

Usually your pet will go home between 3pm and 6pm on the same day, however sometimes if there are multiple extractions, it is in the pet's best interest for them to stay with us overnight.

When can I book my pet's dental?

Dental procedures can be carried out most weekdays but this will depend on appointment load. Please call us on 9980 1800 to book your pet's dental and we can answer any further questions you may have about admission and procedure.