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Cleaning Older Pet’s Teeth

Rover Company believes in proper dental health is important for all Pets. Often owners of Older Pets are concerned about the anesthesia that must be used in order for a proper dental Procedure to be performed. Because every doctor does anesthetic procedures differently, I strongly encourage pet owners to discuss these topics with their veterinarians.

Roverpet believes it’s important to make sure that the pet is healthy prior to performing any anesthetic or surgical procedures. Except in emergency situations, most anesthetic and surgical procedures are elective procedures that can be performed any time. If the pet is not in the best health prior to the procedure, it’s usually best to improve the pet’s health then move forward with the procedure. This means a thorough examination and lab testing, such as blood, urine, or radio graphic testing, should be done prior to anesthesia. Since many pets have 1 or more abnormalities on the exam or lab testing (most of which do not necessitate postponing anesthesia but may cause problems later,) this pre-anesthesia evaluation is important. Assuming nothing on the pre-anesthesia evaluation postpones the procedure, the type of anesthesia is important. In our practice, we use a balanced Holistic Approach to anesthesia so that pets go to sleep quickly, wake up quickly (most are ready to go home within 5 minutes of the procedure,) and experience no pain. For dental cleanings, gas anesthesia administered via an endotracheal tube placed in the pet’s throat is essential (veterinary dentists consider it malpractice to perform dental cleanings if this is not done.) Discuss these concerns with your doctor to make sure the procedure is done safely and quickly. One final note:age is NOT a reason to skip cleaning your pet’s teeth. Most older pets, using a holistic approach, are safely anesthetized and do very well.

Rover Vinyl Tech believes it’s important not to neglect dental health in your pet regardless of age. Anesthesia can be performed effectively and safely in older pets. Using a holistic approach to anesthesia will ensure a safe procedure that will keep the pet healthy.

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