What do I need to know about the dental cleaning procedure my pet went through?

We appreciate your commitment to your pet’s health. The procedure your pet received today will help to prevent future complications, such as infections, gingivitis, and periodontal disease. Thank you for doing your part, and being the best parent to your furry baby! 

What did my pet’s cleaning include 

  • Your pet received the same care and attention to their teeth today as you do when you visit the dentist. This includes full mouth x-rays, sub gingival (below the gum line) scaling, ultrasonic cleaning, and polishing. The doctor may also have recommended other advanced periodontal treatments.

What can I expect when I bring my pet home tonight?

  • Since your pet had general anesthesia today he or she may be groggy, slightly unstable. Allow your pet to recover in a quiet room at home away from other pets.
  • Some drooling can also be expected. 
  • Some pets are not quite themselves for up to 24-48 hours following anesthesia. Signs such as pacing, panting, whimpering, mild lethargy, and/or restlessness may be noticed. There may also be some degree of discomfort and swelling around the mouth.
  • A small tube was placed down his/her throat and can sometimes cause irritation for a day or two. If there is persistent coughing for more than two days, please let us know.
  • Your pet was placed on its back for the dental procedure. Therefore it can be normal for them to experience some nasal congestion and/or sneezing. Please let us know if this does not resolve within a few days.

Special Feeding instructions

  • Tonight, feed your pet only 1⁄4 to 1⁄2 the normal amount as pets may feel nauseous after anesthesia and vomit if given large amounts of water or food. Tomorrow you may continue with food and water amounts as usual. No change in diet is necessary.
  • Your pet may not want to eat at all tonight. If your pet is still not eating the day after the procedure, please let us know. 

No recheck is necessary unless concerns arise. You may implement at-home dental care at your earliest convenience. Please feel free to reach out to us if you have any questions at all. 

Should there be an emergency when our hospital is closed (our hours are from 10am-10pm), please bring your pet to one of the following emergency hospitals to be evaluated: 

  • Wheatridge Animal Hospital (303-424-3325)
  • Veterinary Emergency Group (720-574-9834)

Thank you for trusting us with your pet’s health, and for being the BEST pet parent to your furry baby!

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