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PROFESSIONAL DOG TEETH CLEANING 101: WHAT TO EXPECT AT THE VET

Ever wondered what happens when your dog goes to the veterinarian for a teeth cleaning? Wonder no more: Here’s what to expect at the veterinarian for a dog teeth cleaning:

  • The veterinarian will anesthetize your dog to thoroughly clean and polish their teeth
  • Your dog may need surgery for gum disease or removal of abscessed or broken teeth
  • If an infection is detected, your veterinarian will prescribe an antibiotic
  • Sedation and X-rays may be needed if your veterinarian suspects severe dental disease
  • A more involved evaluation, including blood and urine tests and x-rays, will only be needed to diagnose conditions such as diabetes mellitus, kidney disease or a gastrointestinal problem
  • In advanced cases of lip fold pyoderma, your veterinarian will clip and thoroughly clean the area and prescribe antibiotics. You’ll need to diligently keep your dog’s lips clean at home
  • Your veterinarian can treat recurring problems by surgically reducing the skin folds
After treatment:
  • Your veterinarian will go over what was done and offer any recommendations for how to keep your dog’s teeth and breath clean and fresh
  • If your dog is prescribed medication, finish all of it—even if your dog looks or seems to feel better

Keep your dog’s breath smelling fresh >