Discount Dental Cleanings THIS FEBRUARY!
It is time to pick a duck for February Dental Awareness Month!
Come pick a duck from our discount duck pond! Inside the pond are several ducks with percentages ranging from 10% to 15% off. Every client is guaranteed 10% for their pet’s dental for procedures scheduled during the month of February. This game was a major success the past few years.
You will pick your duck the morning of your pet’s procedure at the time of drop off. You can only pick one duck per pet. The discount only applies to the cost of the dental cleaning. The discount will not apply to any surgical electives that you may opt for. A medical care team member will take a few minutes to go over the available surgical electives with you after the Client Care team has checked your pet in. As always, pets scheduled for dental cleanings and surgeries must be here between 7:00 A.M. and 7:15 A.M. the morning of the procedure. We ask that you not feed your pet after 6:00 P.M. the night prior to the pet’s procedure. The pet may however drink plenty of water.
Call or stop by today to schedule your pet’s dental cleaning with our staff. We will be happy to discuss procedures. Pets must be up to date on Rabies, Distemper Parvo (DA2PP, DHPP) and Bordetella. Please note that our staff cannot give an estimate of cost without an exam by the doctor.
What Is a Dental Cleaning?
During a dental cleaning (sometimes called a prophylaxis), plaque and tartar are removed from a pet’s teeth, and the health of the entire mouth (tongue, gums, lips, and teeth) is assessed. A thorough dental cleaning can be accomplished only while the pet is under general anesthesia. Anesthesia keeps your pet free of pain during the dental procedure and allows your veterinarian to fully inspect the teeth and remove tartar from under the gums. During anesthesia, a soft plastic tube is inserted into the trachea (the main airway in the throat) to support the patient’s breathing. Placement of the tracheal tube also prevents inhalation of bacteria that are aerosolized during the dental cleaning.
A dental cleaning may include the following:
- Removal of visible plaque and tartar from the teeth
- Elimination of plaque and tartar from under the gum
- Probing of dental sockets to assess dental disease
- Polishing to smooth enamel scratches that may attract bacteria
- Dental radiographs (X-rays) to evaluate problems below the gumline
- Application of fluoride or a dental sealer
- Removal or repair of fractured or infected teeth
- Dental charting so progression of dental disease can be monitored over time
- Inspection of the lips, tongue, and entire mouth for growths, wounds, or other problems
How Do I Know if My Pet Needs a Dental Cleaning?
Regular inspection of your pet’s mouth is important to catch dental disease in the early stages. Tartar may appear as a brownish-gold buildup on the teeth, close to the gumline. Redness or bleeding along the gumline may indicate gingivitis. Other signs of dental disease include:
- Bad breath
- Pawing at the mouth
- Difficulty chewing
- Loose or missing teeth
If you notice any of these signs in your pet, schedule an appointment with our reception team for a discounted dental cleaning in February.
What Are the Benefits of a Dental Cleaning?
A professional dental cleaning removes not only the visible plaque and tartar on the teeth surfaces but also the bacteria under the gums. This eliminates potential sources of infection to the mouth and other organs and protects your pet from pain and tooth loss.
What Can I Do to Keep My Pet’s Teeth Clean?
Once a dental cleaning has been performed, you can take a number of steps at home to keep your pet’s teeth clean and lengthen the intervals between dental cleanings.
Your veterinarian may recommend a plaque prevention product — a substance that you apply to your pet’s teeth and gums on a weekly basis. The product adheres to the teeth surface to create a barrier that prevents plaque from forming.
Just as in people, daily brushing can help remove food particles from between your pet’s teeth. You can use a child’s toothbrush or purchase a finger brush from Companion Animal Hospital. Human toothpastes should be avoided because they contain ingredients that should not be swallowed by your pet. Your dog or cat may like the taste of pet toothpaste, which is available in flavors such as chicken, seafood, and malt.
Several dental diets and treats can also help keep plaque and tartar to a minimum. The diets tend to have larger kibbles to provide abrasive action against the tooth surface when chewed. Or they may contain ingredients that help prevent tartar mineralization. At any appointment with Companion Animal Hospital, ask about a FREE treat bag with either feline or canine Royal Canin Dental Food. These bites make great treats and are very healthy for your pet’s teeth. Please call with any questions and make sure to schedule your discounted dental cleaning before time runs out.
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