Advanced Cat and Dog Teeth Cleaning in Crown Point, IN
Dental care is a necessity for every pet, and now is as good a time as any to start improving their oral health! Many dogs and cats begin experiencing dental disease by age 3 due to a lack of daily dental care and annual dental checkups.
Over time, plaque and tartar take over, which leads to infection. Coyne Veterinary Center provides professional cat and dog teeth cleaning services in Crown Point to help combat dental disease, so pets can have a better quality of life and potentially live longer, too.
What’s Involved in Cat and Dog Teeth Cleanings?
Professional cat and dog teeth cleanings involve several steps:
Exams and Testing
First, we need to examine your pet and do pre-anesthetic blood work to make sure they are healthy and can safely metabolize the anesthesia.
Next, while your pet is under anesthesia, we examine the teeth and gums, and take digital, full-mouth X-rays to see inside the teeth and surrounding bone for signs of damage.
Cleaning, Polishing, and Scaling
To clean your pet’s teeth, we use ultrasonic and hand scaling tools to thoroughly remove stubborn plaque and tartar above and below the gum line.
We can also provide fluoride treatment to strengthen the tooth enamel and slow future buildup.
Extractions (if necessary)
If your pet has a severely damaged/decayed tooth, we will need to remove it for their health and safety.
In some rare cases, we are willing to accept titers in place of vaccinations. We can perform titers in-house as needed for health certificates.
What else can you expect when you bring your pet in for a teeth cleaning? We outline the steps below.
Your pet should have their first professional teeth cleaning around age 2. Additionally, we recommend yearly cleanings for optimal dental disease prevention.
- On the evening before your pet’s dental procedure, take away their food and water by 10PM
- Before their dental, your pet should be up-to-date with their:
- Rabies vaccine
- Distemper vaccine (dogs)
- Bordetella (within last 6 months)
- Fecal test (negative within last 12 months)
- Influenza vaccine (dogs)
- V. Catheter (included with every procedure)
- Complete Blood Count (CBC) – To check for underlying health problems before administering anesthesia
- Comprehensive Plus Panel (for pets 5 years of age and up; additional charge)
- ProBNP Test – Allows us to check for hidden heart-related issues
- Electrocardiogram (ECG) – Another tool for assessing heart function
- Chest X-rays – We recommend chest X-rays for pets age 7 and up to look for heart and lung problems
- Tooth Extractions
- Digital dental X-ray
In case of an oral mass:
- Surgical cautery – If we have to remove an oral mass, this method helps to reduce bleeding
- Biopsy – When a mass is removed, we need to send out a sample for evaluation to make sure it isn’t cancerous
- Cerenia – We administer this injection to reduce nausea after surgery
- Laser therapy – Our therapeutic laser reduces pain, swelling, and inflammation
- Post-Operative Pain Management
Here are some instructions we recommend to help your pet recover smoothly at home:
- Withhold your pet’s food and water until 8am the day after their procedure to prevent nausea and vomiting
- Keep movement to a minimum for a few days to reduce risk of injury
- If your pet has an incision, be sure to check it every day for redness, bleeding, or other issues
- When your pet is fully healed from their procedure, make sure you’re brushing their teeth regularly with pet-only toothpaste