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Dental hygiene

Dental care is a very important topic. Approximately 60% of dogs, cats and ferrets older than 2 years require dental treatment. The teeth need regular care. Without care, plaque first develops, followed by tartar that is accompanied by gum disease. Dental plaque is a layer of saliva, nutrients and microorganisms deposited on the tooth surface, which we can not see with the naked eye.
If plaque is not removed by cleaning, it mineralizes and tartar is formed. Tartar is the brown, hard attack that you can find on your pet's teeth. Tartar does not disappear with a regular cleanup but must be removed by your veterinarian with an ultrasonic detartration device.
Your dog needs to be put under anesthesia for this. Many bacteria develop on the tartar and can then cause gum disease. This causes a bad mouth odor in your pet and eventually leads to loose teeth or even tooth loss. Other complications of gum disease are kidney, liver and heart diseases because bacteria enter the blood circulation of these organs. The many bacteria can also cause abscesses.
It is therefore very important to prevent the formation of tartar. During your annual visit to the vet for the vaccinations, we will always check the teeth of your animal.

How do you notice gum disease in your animal?

Your pet's breath is getting worse and worse. Your pet suffers from excessive saliva or difficulty eating. If this is the case, you can make an appointment here. As with people, it is a maintenance that must be repeated according to the individual needs.

The treatment

The treatment is done under anesthesia and requires the insertion of a tube into the trachea to prevent infected pieces of tartar along with the rinsing water ending up in the lungs. First large pieces of tartar with special tongs are removed, if the gum around the tooth is too sick, it is removed. Then the remaining tartar is removed with the aid of an ultrasonic device, with constant rinsing to prevent tooth enamel. Then the teeth are polished by means of a special paste to get the teeth as cool as possible. The better the teeth are the longer the tartar stays away.

Tartar removal is done under general anesthesia. There is always a risk associated with the administration of anesthesia, which means that the veterinarians must properly assess the condition of your dog beforehand.
At Vetocambre we have three check-up options from which you can choose.

  • Check up 1 is a general clinical check of your pet.
  • Check up 2 is a general clinical check, urine analysis and blood analysis.
  • Check up 3 is a general clinical check, urine analysis, blood analysis, ultrasound and Xray.

In these check-ups, the blood levels of your dog are checked to ensure that the liver and kidneys function normally and can eliminate the anesthetic agent. Protein levels provide information about the binding with the drug.
The blood is also checked for signs of hormonal disease, diabetes, infection or inflammation. The ultrasound and the radiographic examination are important to look at the size of the organs; heart, lungs and kidneys. Depending on the results, the risks of the intervention are estimated.
Especially in older dogs or in dogs with a medical history this is very important.
For an appointment or additional information in connection with our services, you can always contact us

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