dog-with-toothbrush1Littleton West Animal Hospital offers caring and professional dentistry services for dogs and cats in Littleton, Colorado and the Denver Metro.

Keeping your pet’s teeth clean is important. Proper dental care for your dog or cat can detect dental disease that not only affects the mouth, but can also lead to more serious health problems such as heart, lung, and kidney disease. Good dental hygiene is just as important for pets as it is for humans.

The Dentistry procedure

All dogs and cats undergoing anesthesia will have a pre-anesthetic blood panel to assess organ function and establish the safest possible anesthetic protocol.  This can be done the day of the procedure all the way up to 30 days prior, as long as there are no abnormalities.  All patients will have an IV catheter and receive fluids for the entire procedure. Your pet will be monitored while under anesthesia for heart rate and rhythm, respiratory rate and effort, blood pressure, oxygen saturation, anesthetic depth and body temperature.  Pain is controlled via multimodal approach including injectable medications, nerve blocks and oral pain medications post procedure.  A complete oral exam is performed along with full-mouth digital radiographs to identify problems and formulate a treatment plan.  There may be extractions needed, bonded sealant, gingival treatments, mass removals; these can all be communicated to you once they are found to help decide on the best treatment.  Your pet’s teeth are also cleaned via ultrasonic scaling, polished and treated with fluoride.  All patients will have continued monitoring in recovery until they are able to sit up and have normal body temperature.  A detailed report, medications and instructions for home care are sent home at the discharge time at the end of the day.

Placement of an IV catheter in the front leg for fluids and medications.

IV Catheter taped in place.

Intubated for oxygen and anesthetic gas, and hooked up to monitoring devices for safety.

Ultrasonic scaling is performed, then polishing, dental charting, probing, radiographs and fluoride treatment.

The ultrasonic scaler removes tarter and calculus from every surface of the tooth and under the gum line.

The monitor measures heart rate and rhythm, respiration, blood pressure, temperature and oxygen saturation.

Before cleaning

After cleaning

In recovery, being monitored until fully awake.

Littleton West Animal Hospital cares about your dogs and helps clients with their pets throughout the Denver Metro, Littleton and Highlands Ranch areas of Colorado!