Does my pet need this?
Can you imagine what your teeth would look, feel, and smell like if you never brushed your teeth or had a professional dental cleaning done? It's no different for your furry companions. Tartar and plaque left to accumulate not only causes periodontal disease, but is linked to diabetes, cardiovascular disease, respiratory disease, cancer, Alzheimer's, epilepsy, auto-immune diseases and rheumatoid arthritis. So yes, your pet's teeth need as much care as yours do!
How does it work?
The method of cleaning we offer at All Creatures Wise & Wonderful is without anesthesia. This is ideal for medically compromised pets, senior pets, and also young dogs and cats that don't require surgery. The process is similar to what you experience when you see your dental hygienist.
Your pet's teeth are cleaned and examined with the same instruments; curettes, scalers, probes, explorers, forceps, mirrors, etc. An ultrasonic is not used in this method due to sound, vibration and water that could compromise the compliance of a furry patient.
All of the products used (prophy paste/polish, toothpaste, antiseptics) are all intended for use on dogs and cats and are safe if ingested.
How often should a cleaning be done?
Just like with you, dental care is an important and necessary part of your pet's well-being. Even with daily home-care, your pet requires annual, bi-annual, or sometimes quarterly dental appointments to remove built up tartar, examine tissues, reduce halitosis and prevent or halt periodontal disease.
Factors contributing to your pet's oral health individually or cumulatively are breed/genetics, diet, health status, gut health, and medication or supplements, and of course dental brushing habits. It only takes 2-3 days for soft plaque to develop into hard, sometimes tenacious tartar. Manual removal of deposits is necessary by hand or ultrasonic instruments to keep your pet happy, healthy, and comfortable.
What to expect?
During your initial consultation, it will be determined if an anesthesia-free dental appointment is appropriate for your dog or cat. There are three tiers available for an appointment; a basic 1 hour appointment, a 1½ hour appointment which is split between two visits, and a 2 hour appointment which is also split between two visits to the clinic.
If your pet requires pre-medication, this will be prescribed during your consultation as well. You may want to consider coupling your pets' dental appointment with a Reiki appointment or follow-up with a PEMF session. If your pet is not a candidate for dental cleaning without anesthesia, you will be referred to your veterinarian or dental specialist.
Factors that would influence this decision would be the existence of fractured or diseased teeth requiring extraction, suspicious lesions or masses, injuries, or a very aggressive or anxious personality unaltered by medication, making an anesthesia-free cleaning unsafe.
A note on anesthesia...
An anesthesia-free dental appointment does not always mean your pet will never need dental surgery under anesthesia. Just as with people, changes occur with teeth and oral issues over time. Dental x-rays require your pet to be anesthetized, as do tooth extractions and most biopsies.
However, with regular home care and regular cleanings, we can work together to reduce the frequency of dental cleanings under anesthesia. Home-care recommendations and the frequency of dental cleanings will be discussed with you after your companion's appointment.
Feel free to give us a call at 860-200-1345 to book a Dental Consultation, or you can book online via our online booking link at the top of the page.