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Posted on 12-19-2016

Pet Dental Treatment & Anesthesia

Did you know that 80 percent of dogs over five years old have periodontal disease and nearly three out of four cats suffer from tooth resorption? Both conditions can cause tooth loss, gum disease and pain when chewing food. If left untreated, oral diseases like periodontitis and tooth resorption may enter the bloodstream of a dog or cat and induce systemic infections requiring emergency medical treatment. To perform thorough dental examinations and cleanings on pets for maintaining good oral health, our Canton, GA veterinarian uses anesthesia so that your pet remains as comfortable and anxiety-free as possible during treatment.

Why Pets Need General Anesthesia for Teeth Cleanings and Exams

If you have ever tried to give your pet medication, baths or an impromptu oral examination because you think they may have eaten or swallowed something, you know just how nervous and resistant they can be. Since a pet dental exam and cleaning is much more involved than simply swiping a toothbrush over teeth and gums. it is essential your Canton GA veterinarian anesthetize pets to avoid causing them fear, anxiety and trauma.

Procedures performed during dental treatment include:

  • Scaling tartar off all sides of each tooth
  • Evaluating teeth and gums for signs of periodontal disease
  • Probing under gum lines to measure pockets (larger pockets may indicate gingival or periodontal disease)
  • Taking oral x-rays to determine if further dental treatment is needed (x-rays detect cysts and tumors embedded in the gums and jaw)

Anesthesia also eliminates the use of restraint techniques they may injure agitated dogs and cats. Additionally, general anesthesia is safer than simply sedating pets because relaxation of throat tissues may occur during sedation that obstructs airways and makes breathing difficult for pets.

Visit our Canton, GA Veterinarian at Acres Mill Veterinary Clinic

Dental health is just as important to your pet's overall well-being as getting them vaccinated and bringing your pet to our Canton, GA veterinarian for an annual checkup. Call Acres Mill Veterinary Clinic today to schedule an appointment for your pet to have a complete dental cleaning and examination: 770-479-1905.

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