836 Chemin Metairie Road, Youngsville, LA 70592
Loftin Veterinary Hospital’s Services:
Pet Dental Care
Pet’s with clean teeth and fresh breath aren’t just pleasant to be around; they are healthy! Dental disease is one of the most common medical conditions seen in pets. In fact, over 80% of dogs over the age of three have active dental disease. Periodontal disease is a term used to describe inflammation or infection of the tissues surrounding the tooth. If left untreated, dental disease can lead to loss of teeth and even health problems in other parts of the body.
Dental Care At Loftin Veterinary Hospital
Loftin Veterinary Hospital understands the importance of pets with healthy teeth. We believe that routine dental cleanings are an important part of wellness care for your pet. That’s why we include dental checks during wellness exams. Don’t be surprised if Dr. Loftin or Dr. Michel suggest that it’s time for a dental cleaning. Keep in mind that dental cleanings require anesthesia, so they must be scheduled in advance to allow for over-night fasting. If you schedule your pet’s dental procedure on the day that the doctor recommends it and keep the scheduled appointment, you will receive 10% off the procedure.
Signs of Dental Disease in Pets
Tenderness around mouth
Missing, loose, or broken teeth
Yellowed teeth or tartar build-up
Swollen mouth or gums
It’s a great idea to make sure your pet is in tip-top shape before any surgical procedure. That’s why we offer elective pre-surgical blood screening. This gives our doctors a chance to detect any liver or kidney insufficiencies that may not be apparent during a general examination. The liver and kidneys are important organs that process anesthesia.
Anesthesia and Your Pet
General anesthesia for your pet can seem scary, but rest assured that Loftin Veterinary Hospital makes surgical safety a priority. Your pet’s anesthesia is custon-tailored to fit his or her needs. Know that your pet’s heart rate, blood oxygen levels, breathing rate, body temperature, and blood pressure are monitored throughout the entire procedure. We offer the option of intravenous catheter placement for an additional precaution as well.
Most dental patients are able to be dischared on the afternoon of their procedure. While hospitalized, they will receive appropriate pain management. The doctors may recommend additional pain management and/or antibiotic prescriptions to help your pet heal depending on the severity of dental disease.