Dental advice

Why does my dog need a dental?

Just like people, your dog’s teeth rarely last a lifetime. They may damage a tooth or the tooth may become diseased. Teeth which are damaged or diseased result in pain and infection, which may spread to the heart, liver or kidneys. For these reasons these teeth require removal. Our pets often don’t show signs of pain in the mouth, as they enjoy eating too much to stop. Teeth which have built up tartar deposits will require scaling and polishing, or this will progress to infection as the bacteria can stick to the tartar.

What happens when my dog comes in for a dental procedure?

Your pet will be checked over in the admit appointment and we will ask you some questions to make sure there are no reasons not to perform a dental on your pet on that day. We will go through the consent form with you. Your pet will then be bought into hospital and made comfortable in a kennel. Your pet may have a pre anaesthetic blood sample taken. A small area on the neck will be clipped and local anaesthetic applied, then just 2ml of blood is taken and analysed. Your pet will also have a small area on the foreleg clipped and local anaesthetic applied, so a catheter can be placed. This allows us to give them fluids and medications via the catheter. A dose of painkiller and sedative in will be given so your pet is feeling comfortable and relaxed. The anaesthetic is given and the dental performed. The teeth are carefully checked and any unhealthy teeth are removed. Any healthy teeth are scaled and polished. Afterwards we will keep monitoring your pet until they can eat and drink and go outside to be sure they are ready to go home, usually mid afternoon.

What do I need to do after my pet has a dental?

Your pet will need to be kept warm and fed a light meal of soft food the evening after the operation. If there were extractions, they will have painkillers and antibiotics to take for several days after the operation. We will ask to check your pet over after the surgery. Generally the effects of the anaesthetic are no longer seen after one to two days, and after 10 days any extraction sites are sufficiently healed for them to get back to their usual food. Long term you will need to keep your pets teeth clean to reduce how many dentals they will need.

How will my pet eat if they have had teeth removed?

Your pet will be more comfortable and more able to chew normally after damaged, loose, infected teeth are removed. This is because tough gum will form over where the tooth was, meaning even pets that have all their teeth removed are able to chew well.

How do I look after my pets teeth after the dental?

After 10 days your pet’s mouth will be healed and comfortable. You can then gradually start cleaning your pet’s teeth, to prevent tartar from returning. Many pets will learn to enjoy the attention, and the fish or chicken flavour toothpaste. Feeding dry biscuits rather than wet food is helpful. Increasing the time your pet spends chewing and eating will also help, for example giving chews, and using toys to give them their food so they eat slowly.

Are there any reasons not do have a dental for my pet?

If your pet has damaged or diseased teeth a dental is required, or they will suffer toothache and infection. We perform dental procedures on a daily basis, and even though the majority of pets needing dentals are older, they still do very well with the anaesthetic and procedure.

How would joining Healthy Pet Club help with the dental?

Our Healthy Pet Club gives you a significant discount on the cost of the dental.