Dental hygiene is an important part of your pet’s health, and poor hygiene can be the cause of serious illness. If not treated properly, dental problems such as gingivitis and periodontal disease can often lead to serious systemic problems in your pet due to oral bacteria entering the bloodstream and stressing vital organs. Preventative veterinary care includes periodic dental exams and teeth cleanings.
Starting with your pet’s first exam, our doctors examine your pet’s mouth for any signs of discomfort or disease. Your doctor also sets up an individualized plan to care for your pet’s healthy teeth and mouth with home care and regular exams. When it becomes necessary to bring your dog or cat in for a dental cleaning, our doctors will anesthetize your pet to avoid any discomfort or stress.
Veterinary Dental Procedures Offered
- Pre-anesthetic exam and blood test to make sure your pet will have the safest possible anesthetic procedure
- Intravenous catheter and fluids to help recovery and protect liver and kidneys
- Pre-surgical sedation and pain management
- Antibiotic injection to prevent infection
- Intubation and safe gas anesthetic (isoflurane)
- Warm water heating pad, Bair Hugger heated air temperature control, and digital vital sign monitoring
- Dental prophylaxis (hand scaling, ultrasonic scaling, root planing, polishing of the teeth)
- Dental charting of your pet’s teeth
- Dental X-rays to determine the health of the tooth or teeth
- Extractions and pain medications if needed
- Advanced Endodontic care if needed
We also offer complimentary nail trim at the time of your pet’s dental procedure and out-patient daycare during recovery. Your pet is sent home with a Home Care product with instructions for you from a trained staff member.
Prevention: The Best Pet Dental Treatment
Dental care does not end with a visit to your veterinarian. You need to continue your veterinarian’s good work at home. Brushing your pet’s teeth is an important part of home dental care. The staff at The Animal Medical Clinic of Goose Creek can show you the proper method of brushing your pet’s teeth. We also understand that veterinary care is a process of continual learning. This is why our staff technicians take regular continuing education sessions and seminars in veterinary dental care along with other aspects of veterinary science.