As with humans, proper oral care in pets is very important to keep teeth and gums healthy for a lifetime. Research shows that 80% of dogs and 70% of cats have dental disease around the age of 3.
Our paraveterinarians can give you any advice on preventive oral care, such as learning to brush your pet’s teeth, nutritional advice and tips on proper grooming. You can visit Dr Houbrechts for dental cleaning, extractions and surgical extractions, according to the latest techniques and insights.
It is necessary for your dog or cat to come to dental treatment sober. Specifically, he/she should not have eaten or drunk for at least 12 hours beforehand. If this is not the case, vomiting often occurs when anesthesia is initiated, which can result in asphyxiation or pneumonia.
Because the treatment will take place under anesthesia, your pet will be completely checked beforehand. As with surgery, anesthesia is always adjusted according to your animal’s breed, age and any medical history/conditions. To make this as safe as possible and because not all problems are externally detectable, we also offer a pre-anesthetic blood test. This can give us vital information to adjust anesthesia or not.
During dental treatment, a paraveterinarian is always present to monitor your pet under anesthesia. With monitoring and ventilation equipment and gas anesthesia, each treatment is carefully supervised.
There are more things to consider after dental treatment than after regular surgery. Depending on whether extractions have taken place, a (temporary) dietary adjustment, disinfectants or even antibiotics may be involved.