dental faqs

Is my dog or cat ‘too old’ to be anesthetized for dental cleanings or procedures?

Age is not a disease. Mature dogs and cats that are otherwise healthy are generally able to tolerate anesthesia for an elective procedure. However, anesthesia can be a risk for dogs and cats just as it is for humans, which is why we take care to further reduce the dangers by following a proactive protocol to assess our patients and monitor their care throughout the dental procedure. These precautions include pre-anesthetic testing, inhalant gas, electronic monitoring, and intravenous fluids. Please remember, the adverse effects of bad teeth on the overall health of the pet greatly outweigh the anesthetic risk.

Does my pet have to stay overnight after the dental procedure?

Generally, routine dentals are an outpatient procedure. Patients check-in between 7:30 a.m. and 8:00 a.m. for blood work and the procedure is performed in the late morning to early afternoon. Patients are ready to return home after 5:00 p.m. the same evening. Pets receiving advanced dental procedures with x-rays and extractions are still dismissed the same day. However, due to safety concerns, if we feel numerous extractions are needed, more than one appointment may be required to complete the necessary procedures.

How long can my pet go between dental cleanings?

Some dogs (usually small breeds) can require a dental treatment every six months. Other dogs can go three to four years between cleanings. Typically, after the age of two or three, most dogs and cats will need a dental every one to two years. Assessment by your veterinarian will allow you to discuss your pet’s dental health and if excessive plaque or periodontal disease requires a cleaning. Remember, good oral hygiene at home increases the time between professional cleanings. Pet Care Center celebrates Dental Month 4 times a year; in February, May, August, and November. During those months, we offer a significant discount off of the cost of a dental procedure.