Dental care including a dental cleaning at Brogli Lane Weaver & Alexander Animal Hospital helps prevent pain and tooth issues as well as diseases that can impact your pet's overall health.
Dental Q & A with Kendra
If you ask Kendra what one of her favorite parts of being a veterinary technician is she would tell you that performing dental cleanings is near the top of the list. Kendra has been helping pets maintain healthy smiles here at Brogli, Lane, Weaver & Alexander Animal Hospital since 2008. She grew up taking care of animals and has many years of experience in the veterinary field. She regularly attends veterinary CE events and particularly enjoys learning about new innovations in dental medicine. During dental month she’s the girl who makes sure your fur babies are comfortable and cared for before, during, and after their dental cleaning.
Is a dental cleaning really necessary for my pet?
Yes, dental cleanings help prevent diseases that start in the gums from spreading to major organs in the body. All pets will need a dental cleaning at some point in their lives, but we understand that each pet is different and factors like diet, breed, and age all play parts in deciding when a dental cleaning is needed for your pet.
How do I know if my pet needs a dental cleaning?
The first sign is usually bad breath. Sometimes you will notice your pet having trouble chewing his/her food or not wanting to eat at all. Another sign, especially in cats, is pawing at the mouth. I recommend bringing your pet in for a dental exam if you’re unsure or worried. If your pet has been in for a yearly check-up you can call us to find out your pet’s dental score.
What can I expect when I bring my pet in for a dental cleaning?
We ask that you drop your pet off first thing in the morning between 7:00 am and 8:00 am. You can expect that your pet will receive a full dental prophy just like you and I do from our dentist. While cleaning the teeth I look for any periodontal pockets, fractures, or abnormalities. I finish with polishing the teeth and a fluoride treatment. Your pet will be under full anesthesia to make him/her comfortable and less anxious. He/she will be closely monitored by myself and a doctor and will be cared for as if they were our own furbabies until you pick them up that afternoon