VETERINARY SERVICES | DENTAL CARE
Your Pet’s Dental Procedure:
The Cascade Summit Way!
Periodontal disease is the most common oral disease in dogs and cats, and is the most overlooked pet disease.
Did you know that more than 85% of dogs and cats older than four years old have periodontal disease? Unfortunately, if left untreated, periodontal disease only gets worse, until eventually it undermines the general health of your pet. Veterinary Studies show that certain diseases of feline old age, such as diseases of the kidneys and possibly some diseases of the heart and liver, can be attributed to untreated oral disease.
Does your Pet Have Bad Breath?
Since cats and dogs are not noted for their cooperation when it comes to mouth inspections, owners can easily miss the early stages of oral disease in their feline companions. At Cascade Summit Animal Hospital we perform veterinary dental checkups as part of your pet’s wellness program. Upon examination, our veterinarian may notice periodontal disease in your pet’s mouth and recommend a professional assessment and dental cleaning. Although periodontal disease is very common, the good news is that if it is treated early enough – with home care and professional prophylactic cleaning and treatments – the signs of periodontal disease can be reversed.
We include several services during your pet’s dental procedure that are not offered at many hospitals, such as:
- Intravenous fluids throughout the procedure to maintain adequate hydration and blood pressure, followed by one-hour post-operative fluid therapy
- Blood work prior to the procedure to check for organ dysfunction that might preclude anesthesia
- Induction of anesthesia with safe, multimodal anesthetic techniques, providing improved recovery
- Constant monitoring of your pet’s blood pressure, oxygen level, heart rate, temperature, and breathing
- A Baer Hugger heating blanket filled with warm air to maintain optimum body temperature
- Two staff members at your pet’s side at all times (including the doctor)
- Digital dental radiographs, providing crucial information about your pet’s dental health below the gum line
- Local anesthetic for any teeth that need to be extracted
- Heated kennels for recovery, in full view of staff members who watch continuously as your pet wakes
- Analgesic (pain-relieving) medications, before and after, for optimum pain control
This is in addition to the standards expected of any hospital, including a complete physical exam prior to anesthesia, scaling and polishing of all teeth, the use of a high-speed dental drill to aid the extraction of unhealthy teeth (significantly reducing the time your pet spends under anesthesia), and the appropriate use of antibiotics when infection is evident.
Any anesthetic procedure includes some risk, but with the extra level of care we provide, those risks are minimized as much as current veterinary knowledge will allow. We want your pet to go home with more than just clean teeth, but with a body and mind just as vibrant and healthy as when they arrived that morning. We go the extra mile for you! For additional information, the American Veterinary Dental College has a handout available explaining why dental cleaning without anesthesia is inappropriate for pets.
See our Dental Photo Book for an overview of the procedure from start to finish.