Frequently Asked Questions
How do you do cats?
The procedure in doing a dental for a cat is almost the same as a dog. However, instead of wrapping a cat in a towel, we wrap them in a cat bag. This is to insure their safety and ours. Usually this procedure will only take 30 minutes and like dogs, we discourage owners from being in the room.If we immediately find problems which need your veterinarian’s attention, Example: teeth which need to be extracted, we will refer you back to your Vet to have a dental under anesthesia . During the dental if we find any additional problems, we will put the information on your report card so you can discuss any further action with your own veterinarian.
Do you use sterile tools?
Yes, we sterilize all our tools, and we use a different clean scaler on every animal.
How effective is this method?
There are circumstances where we might not be able to remove all the tartar.
- Deep Pockets
- Root Exposure
- Excessive Wiggling
We do not pull teeth and we do not take X-Rays, so we can never see what is going on under the gum line. Remember an X-Ray will show if there is infection of the roots or the area around the root. If gum disease is present we will recommend an X-ray. If the enamel of a tooth is compromised we will recommend an X-ray. We believe small dogs should get yearly X-rays, because their teeth are so crowded it is very likely they have diseased roots. For larger dogs, if no gum disease is present then plan on an X-ray every 3-5 yrs. If gum disease is present then we recommend yearly X-rays.
Can our technicians perform a cleaning on every dog?
No, while we can clean the vast majority of dogs and cats there are some for whom it is not appropriate. Examples would be pets with severe gingivitis, caries, fractured teeth, abscesses, stomatitis, tumors etc. Whenever our technicians discover loose or fractured teeth, tumors, gum disease, or any other condition that needs your veterinarian’s intervention, they will write the information down for you so you can bring it to your veterinarian’s attention.
Can you use this method on older pets?
Yes, non-anesthetic dentals can be done on older pets and pets with chronic kidney, liver or heart disease who might not be a good candidate for a dental under anesthesia.
Apply tincture of Organic Grape Seed, Myrrh, Aloe, or tea tree oil on the gums. Studies show low carbohydrate diets also lead to less plaque and calcium build up.
How can I relieve my pet’s inflamed gums?
Dilute salt water, baking soda and water. Mix into a paste and use. You can also use coconut oil.