Pet Dental Cleanings - What to Expect?
While under general anesthesia, your dog or cat can receive a thorough dental cleaning. Memphis Animal Clinic uses a safe, local anesthesia and monitors your pet’s heart rate, oxygen and respiration.
Before dental care begins, blood tests are done to help uncover any underlying illnesses, and we examine the animal’s entire mouth, including lips, tongue, gums and teeth. This assures us that anesthetizing is safe for your pet.
Your pet cannot tell you when their teeth are hurting, and often dental disease has no visible symptoms. In most cases, a dental x-ray is the only way to know if your pet has dental issues. The x-ray images will allow our veterinarians to examine details in the teeth and gum lines and locate any signs of dental disease. Unlike humans, dogs must be put under full anesthesia for a dental x-ray.