What will happen when your pet visits the Hospital as an inpatient for dental care?
Normally they would need to stay with us for a day only. All dogs and cats require a full general anaesthetic for the procedure. The high tech equipment (as used by your own dentist) is used to remove tartar deposits, check the gums and tooth ligament health and then a special polishing device is used to polish the tooth surfaces to very high levels – this is not a cosmetic procedure but is to reduce tartar deposit in the future.
Rabbits also need regular dental treatment as their teeth are constantly growing to combat wear and tear from chewing. Pride Veterinary Centre can perform a complete oral examination and treat the teeth and mouth when necessary.
Pets will stay in our heated kennel room until they are ready for the procedure and return for close monitoring when they are recovering from their anaesthetic.
As with all general anaesthetics, we always ensure that no unnecessary risks are taken. Older animals or animals with pre-existing disease will occasionally need further tests to ensure the safety of the procedure.
On leaving the hospital we will give you advice to ensure your pet recovers quickly and that the dental disease is kept at bay to prevent further intervention being required in the future.
Occasionally, dental scale and polish procedures can be carried out under the same general anaesthetic as another procedure. We would need to assess each animal individually whether this is suitable.
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