There are many primary care veterinarians that excel at dentistry; but before proceeding with routine dental work, you should ask your veterinarian these questions:
1. Are they comfortable performing your dog or cat’s dental work? Who performs the surgery? Some places still have technicians performing dental surgery, which is illegal in most US states.
2. Do they take dental x-rays and are they comfortable interpreting them?
3. Are they comfortable with your pet’s anesthetic risk and is there a dedicated licensed employee monitoring the anesthesia?
What is a veterinary dentist?
How do you know if your dog or cat requires specialty dental care?
1. If your pet has any systemic disease or heart disease that make anesthesia riskier. Specialists often work with cardiologists and anesthesiologists to minimize risks and can also work to make the procedure as short as possible.
2. If you are interested in saving teeth over having them extracted.
3. If your pet requires multiple extractions or advanced surgery. Example: The lower canines and 1st molars can be very difficult extractions, especially in small breeds.
4. If there is an oral tumor or severe injury, such as a broken jaw.
5. If your vet doesn’t have dental x-rays.
6. If your vet recommends specialty care.
Veterinary dentists have a passion for dental surgery and chose the profession to fill a need for better and more advanced dental care. We are here to make sure your dog or cat’s mouth is as happy and healthy as possible!
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