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The most common disease in dogs and cats is periodontal (gum) disease. By age three, 80 percent of dogsdach toothbrush and 70 percent of cats have it. Periodontal disease is a progressive inflammation of the supporting structures surrounding the teeth and is the main cause of early tooth loss, mouth pain and oral infections. It is caused by bacteria and their toxins destroying the teeth and gums. This bacteria can also cause heart, liver, kidney, lung and gastrointestinal disease or organ failure.

Cats and dogs do not show oral pain the same way people do partly because of their instincts to eat in order to survive and to not show illness. We know that these dental problems do cause pain, just as it does in people, but the problem can be quite severe before we can detect it in our pets. One of four cats age 5 or over have at least one oral resorptive lesion. Unfortunately, this painful condition is often undetectable to the naked eye. Without the help of X-rays, most cat owners don't even know their pet is suffering.

Although a basic oral examination can be done on patients that are awake, anesthesia is required in order to provide a thorough exam to look at all aspects of the tooth. Through anesthesia, we are also able to clean under the gumline where the harmful bacteria are present and take Xrays of suspect teeth to view the health of the roots and supporting bone.

At Canyon Lake Veterinary Hospital, we understand the value of regular home dental care and the need for professional dental cleanings to keep your pet's mouth and teeth healthy. The frequency of cleanings will vary with the pet's age, breed, overall dental health, and the level of home care you are able to provide.

A Dental Cleaning at Canyon Lake Veterinary Hospital will include the following:

  • A pre-anesthetic exam with a doctor
  • Pre-anesthetic labwork to check kidney and liver function, blood glucose and a CBC
  • Pain medication given before the procedure begins to make recovery more comfotable
  • An IV catheter will be placed to administer fluids throughout the procedure
  • A complete oral examination while anesthetized
  • We will use a sterile dental instrument pack on each patient
  • Ultrasonic and hand scaling to remove all calculus and plaque
  • Polish the teeth
  • Dental Xrays if doctor deems it necessary
  • If Extractions are performed a local anesthetic block will be given
  • Post Operative Pain medication will be given in hospital and sent home as well
  • We also take advantage of this time that they are under anesthesia to do a nail trim and perform an ear exam with our video otoscope at no charge.

Canyon Lake Veterinary team is here to help you provide the best dental care for your cat and dog at any level of dental care that they need.

Please click HERE to see the American Animal Association's recommendations for your pet's dental care.

Please call us today at 605-348-6510 or email us to schedule a dental evaluation.