DID YOU KNOW? The most common disease in our pets is periodontal disease. So why is periodontal disease so rampant among pet animals? The answer to that question probably has a lot to do with that most people maintain an “out-of-sight, out-of-mind” mentality when it comes to oral health in their animals, and we’re not exactly surprised by this.
What are signs of Dental Disease?
- Bad breath. Classic “doggy breath” is not necessarily normal.
- Plaque build up on the tooth surface including below the gum line.
- Change in eating habits.
- Painful mouth – may growl or snarl if mouth or head is touched.
- Excessive drooling.
- Weight loss.
- Loose teeth and tooth loss.
Our solution for dental Health is simply, COHAT:
COHAT stands for “Comprehensive Oral Health Assessment and Treatment” and differs from what you may have heard termed as a “Dental” in that it is not a singular service. When a COHAT is performed, we are not simply cleaning the teeth but rather exploring all aspects of oral health care, and every COHAT is tailored specifically to your pet’s oral health needs. Because every COHAT plan is uniquely different depending upon your pet’s needs, it would be impossible to outline each specific detail involved however there are components that will be common to all.
- We take a thorough patient history, do a complete physical exam and we will have an unhurried discussion together. We will aid you by using dental models and clinical and radiographic images to illustrate any issues we have identified.
- We do pre-anesthetic diagnostics. In example,
blood panels and urinalysis to assess and reduce the risk of anesthesia. Once your pet is anesthetized we will do a much more detailed oral examination.
- Then we begin scaling the teeth to remove the calculus and examine all teeth for any abnormality, including any fractures or wear and tear, and record them.
- At this stage, we strongly recommend taking intra-oral dental radiographs as 60% of each tooth and the surrounding bone is hidden from view.
- If we find any problems that needs treatment, we call you and discuss the plan.
- The next step is polishing the remaining teeth above and below the gum line.
- At discharge, we will show you all the photographs(s) and review any problems found and the treatments that were performed.
- Around 10 to 14 days later, we will ask you and your pet back for a follow-up visit to assess healing at no extra cost. If everything looks good, we will establish a daily dental home care plan for your pet.