Can I have Dr. Kelly’s perform just the cleaning but not remove the diseased teeth (extractions)?
NO – We cannot perform a proper quality procedure without removing the diseased areas as needed. You would not ask us to remove part of a cancerous mass while letting some of mass remain. That being said, we have both your pet and your finances in mind and if there are some lightly compromised teeth with decent functionality remaining the doctor may elect to save these teeth for the pets greater benefit ultimately creating cost savings for you.
How often does Dr. Kelly’s Recommend I get my pet’s teeth cleaned?
Adult dogs & cats should be seen by their veterinarian at least once per year. Small and brachycephalic dog breeds may require more frequent cleanings once every six months due to shallow roots and the dental problems that come with them, including overcrowding and dental deformities.
We will send you a reminder after you first dental procedure with us to get you pet back in for the next treatment.
When should I start getting my dog’s teeth cleaned by Dr. Kelly’s?
There isn’t a one-size-fits-all answer to this question. Your dog or cat should be fully grown and healthy enough to undergo anesthesia. Two years is the ideal age for the first cleaning, particularly for small breeds. Reach out and we can discuss your specific pet and needs.
According to the American Veterinary Dental College, most dogs and cats show signs of dental disease by the age of three. If left unchecked, common dental problems such as persistent bad breath can lead to severe dental disease.
What can I expect from a Dr. Kelly’s Low-Cost dental procedure?
Anesthesia is required to deep clean your dog’s teeth and prevent disease.
First, for pets over 10 we will require pre-operative bloodwork. However, we do recommend bookwork for pets at any age but we understand this may create an additional unexpected cost.
During the procedure, your we will monitor your dog’s vital signs and use special tools to polish the teeth and remove plaque and tartar from underneath the gums.
After the procedure, your dog will remain in recovery until the anesthesia wears off. On the return home, your dog will likely be lethargic and thirsty due to the mild side effects of the anesthesia.
How to tell if your dog has dental disease?
See the list described above Warning Signs of Dental Disease.
How can I keep my pet’s teeth healthy between cleanings?
Most dogs and cats will have all their adult teeth by the age of six months. Ideally, you should start at-home dental care around this time. The earlier you start, the easier this process will be for both you as starting later in life will likely meet resistance from the pet.
Here are a few ways you can keep your buddy’s teeth pearly and white:
Brush your pet’s teeth regularly. Many pet parents, particularly those with stubborn or independent fur-babies, will balk at this suggestion. The key is to start brushing as soon as “pawssible” using a finger brush and a tasty doggy toothpaste. Some toothpaste varieties come in yummy flavors like chicken, fish and beef.
Brushing your pet’s teeth can go along way toward preventing dental disease. Some pets resist brushing, but most eventually accept it, especially if you start a brushing routine when your pet is young (10 weeks to 10 months). Aim at brushing your pet’s teeth once a day or at least 3 times a week.
Step 1: Choose a pet tooth paste your pet likes (don’t use human tooth paste or tooth brushes on your pet. Human toothpaste may be toxic in pets if ingested, and human toothbrushes are too big usually for their mouths). Place a small amount of toothpaste on your finger, and offer it to your pet daily for several days as a reward or treat. This will condition your pet to view brushing as fun and rewarding. Once your pet accepts toothpaste as a reward, use your index finger to stimulate the brushing motion of a toothbrush, while praising the pet and giving the daily dose of flavored toothpaste.
Step 2: In five to seven days, introduce a soft bristled pet toothbrush. You can apply a small bit of the flavored toothpaste at the beginning and end to reinforce the conditioned behavior, position the brush at a 45-degree angle to the tooth. Make small circular motions beginning at the back of the pet’s teeth moving forward and around to the other side. Eight to ten strokes are sufficient for any given area.
Alternatives to brushing:
Treat your buddy with dental chews and toys. The act of chewing removes plaque from your pup’s teeth. When purchasing a dental chew, scan the ingredients list for artificial colors and other potentially harmful ingredients. We recommend steering clear of rawhide bones, which are difficult for dogs to digest and present a choking hazard.
Examine your dog’s diet. Commercial dog foods that are rich in starch can be bad for your buddy’s teeth — and their tummy. Also, if you’re going to treat your dog to table food, stick with crunchy, nutrient-rich foods like raw carrots, green beans, and celery. (In fact, celery acts as a doggy breath freshener!) Be sure any table treats are unseasoned.
Have any more questions about your pets dental needs please just reach out.