Valentine’s Day is the day when we cherish our loved ones and shower them with affection. But who says “that someone” has to be human? For everyone who loves their furry pet, post a picture of your pet below and show everyone your four legged love. Happy Valentines Day!
Thank you to Chick-fil-A for the yummy breakfast! A great surprise & very much appreciated. Not every staff is pictured, but every staff member had a full belly.
It is important to understand that all Dentals are done under general anesthesia because we need to have the pet completely still to do a thorough, effective job. It would be easier if we could get them to sit back in a dentist chair and say “Ahhh” but that just doesn’t happen. At West Davis Veterinary Clinic , we take every precaution to ensure safe anesthesia and we have invested in state-of-the-art technology to monitor their heart beat, blood pressure, oxygen saturation, ...body temperature and respiration's. We individualize recommendations for labwork before any anesthesia based on the patient’s age and health. Our anesthetic protocols are then individualized for each patient to address any pre-existing conditions. The fear of general anesthesia should not be a deterrent from having your pet’s teeth cared for; it is much safer than allowing a disease to run rampant in your pet’s mouth. With modern anesthetic drugs and monitoring the benefits of a Dental Cleaning and proper dental disease treatment far outweighs the risks of general anesthesia.
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Prevention at home is important and we design an individualized approach to home care for each pet. Brushing your pet’s teeth at least 3 times a week is ideal but sometimes unrealistic due to the nature of the pet or the time constraints under which many of us struggle. So we often times make due with a special mouth rinse that is safe for pets if they swallow it and/or chews that are formulated to kill bacteria in the mouth. Stop by our clinic to see all our great dental products that we carry!
During a Dental Cleaning, after the teeth are X-rayed, we carefully probe each tooth like the dental hygienist does when you have your teeth cleaned. The next step in an Dental is TREATMENT, which is the ultrasonic and hand scaling (commonly called cleaning) of the teeth which includes the part of the tooth you can see and more importantly the part of the tooth below the gum-line where the bacteria live.
While the teeth look better, a thorough scaling (cleaning) always includes getting under the gums to where the real problems lie.
Bacteria are the enemy of teeth, causing bad breath but also causing bone loss that leads to abscessed, loose, diseased and painful teeth. Once the teeth are cleaned, they are polished making them smooth so bacteria have a harder time sticking to the surface .
A Dental Cleaning is a lot more than just having your pet’s teeth cleaned. It is a very thorough ASSESSMENT of your pet’s mouth including X-rays of all your pet’s teeth. Dental X-rays are a relatively new diagnostic tool that is invaluable to finding and treating painful teeth. We have invested in digital dental X-rays (Dental Radiography), Dental radiology is the most vital tool in veterinary dentistry. Dental radiographs ( X-rays) are essential in making an accurate diagnosis. Dental radiographs are essential in performing dental procedures, in evaluating procedural success and in documentation of dental and oral health.
Periodontal disease in dogs and cats is the most prevalent, and oftentimes most overlooked, health problem that they have. It is far more common than heartworm disease, diabetes, hip dysplasia and even skin and ear problems. 80 % of dogs and 70 % of cats have periodontal disease that can lead to bone loss which causes chronic pain. This statistic means that over 8 of every 10 dogs and 7 of every 10 cats are going through their lives with pain that is very hard for their human...s to detect. In addition to pain, dental disease also leads to other health problems as the bacteria can cause damage to the kidneys, liver, lungs and even heart. The mouth is truly the gateway to rest of the body and pets with healthy mouths live on average 2 years longer than pets with unhealthy mouths. Owners will often complain of their pet’s bad breath but have no idea that the foul odor is a signal that their beloved four legged family member has mouth pain. These pets continue to eat and go about their normal activities, perhaps just sleeping more, which most people just chalk up to getting older.
Did you know that every month is dental month here at West Davis? You get the discounted price every single month but to celebrate during the month of February, every dental cleaning done in February will go home with a full size of Science Diet T/D and a goodie bag of dental treats (While Supplies Last). Call to schedule a Professional Dental Cleaning today!