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Your pet's oral hygiene is intricately tied to its overall good health in a number of ways. Bacteria growing between teeth and under the gums can spread throughout the body, causing damage to internal organs. Tooth infections can also cause tooth loss, loss of appetite, and the inability to eat a normal diet. At Westside Animal Hospital we make a thorough dental exam part of your pet's annual wellness checkup. If we find that your dog or cat has dental issues, we will schedule a more thorough dental appointment to care for any growing problems.
Veterinary dental surgery is much more common than you might expect. In order to safely care for your pet's teeth, especially under the gum line where bacteria tends to grow, we often use anesthesia to make your pet feel more comfortable during the procedure. Some common problems that may require dental surgery include:
It can be frightening to think of your pet under anesthesia because of oral surgery, but it is actually much safer to do veterinary dental procedures with it than without. With the anesthesia, there is less pain and stress for your cat or dog. There is also a reduced risk of injury during the procedure because your pet will not be moving around. It is also possible to provide clearer x-rays during the procedure while your pet is absolutely still.
Today's anesthesia is safer than ever before and, while your pet may be a bit groggy, it is likely you will be able to take them home at the end of the day. Make sure to keep your pet quiet and calm for the first 24 hours after you get home, keep it warm and cozy, give food and water according to our vet's instructions, and call us if anything unusual happens to occur.
Whether your pet is in need of dental surgery, routine teeth cleaning, or an annual wellness examination, it is important to find a veterinary team that is experienced and caring. Give us a call at 307-472-5600 to schedule an appointment today.