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Did you know that a recent study cited pets with routine dental cleanings may live up to 4 years longer? Periodontal disease is the most common infectious disease in dogs and cats. In fact, 85% of adult pets have some form of periodontal disease. If left untreated, that can mean pain, bad breath, and tooth loss for your pet. Chronic infection may invade the bloodstream and can cause not only a drain on your pet's immune system, but also heart, lungs, kidney, liver and bladder disease.

Can you imagine not brushing your teeth every day? We recommend daily teeth brushing for your pet. For those who don't have time (or for pet's who don't read this article or won't cooperate), we have alternative methods to aid in oral hygiene. Ask us about teaching your cats to brush their own teeth!

After teeth are cleaned professionally here at Red Cedar Animal Hospital, we can apply a product called OraVet. OraVet Barrier Sealant creates an invisible barrier that prevents plaque and tartar-forming bacteria from attaching to the teeth. At home, you re-apply OraVet Plaque Prevention Gel once weekly. It takes less than 60 seconds to do.

We provide complete routine dental care. Animals scheduled for a dentistry have complete physical exams prior to the procedure. Any necessary bloodwork is done prior to the procedure to help minimize risk to your pet. Your pet is anesthetized with Isoflurane anesthesia and the ultrasonic scaling and polishing are performed by a licensed veterinary technician. Whole mouth dental radiographs (x-rays) are important in establishing tooth health. Our speedy digital processing results in shorter anesthesia time for your pet than regular film processing. Your pet's safety under anesthesia is our utmost concern. Our patients are continually monitored via EKG, blood pressure, pulse and respiratory rates, pulse oximetry and body temperature

Any oral surgery or extractions needed are performed by the veterinarian. Antibiotics and pain management are used if indicated for the procedure. Pets are awake and go home the same afternoon with a brighter smile and fresher breath!