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If you are planning on booking your dog in for a professional dental clean, your pet dentist will speak to you about attending an appointment for a pre-anesthesia screening. This is because general anesthesia is usually given to pets, including dogs, ahead of a dental cleaning. There are numerous reasons for this, but primarily it is because it makes the process simpler and safer for your dog and your pet dentist.
Unsurprisingly, many owners do have some concerns about the use of general anesthesia in professional dental cleans. This is because people are often led to believe that it should only be used in the case of invasive surgeries. However, studies have found that the benefits of carrying out the procedure under a general anesthetic typically far outweigh the very small level of risk associated with its use.
The main reason that anesthesia is so widely used in pet dentistry is because of the unique benefits that it offers both in terms of keeping your dog comfortable and keeping him safe during his procedure. Some of the key reasons why pet dentists in Jacksonville, FL recommend a professional clean under anesthesia include:
Many of the tools used in professional dental cleans are sharp and a sudden movement by an animal could cause either them or your pet dentist to be injured, sometimes seriously. By ensuring that your pet is under the effects of a general anesthetic, your pet dentist will know that your furbaby will be completely motionless. This makes the entire process much safer for everyone involved.
Your canine pal doesn’t understand that a professional dental clean is actually for his benefit. Many dogs become stressed, anxious and frightened just setting foot into their local veterinary clinic, never mind actually having to undergo a procedure that is likely to make them uncomfortable. By putting your pet under a general anesthetic for the duration of their professional clean, you can help prevent him from a flood of unpleasant emotions.
Although brushing your dog’s teeth at home is the very best thing that you can do to support his oral health day to day, a professional dental clean is the only way to ensure that your dog’s teeth and mouth are as clean and healthy as they possibly can be. Your pet dentist has specialist equipment that enables him to remove stubborn plaque and tartar that can lead to dental disease in your dog. And with your canine fast asleep, he can access all areas of his mouth and take the time he needs to ensure that a truly comprehensive clean has been achieved.
Much like a human who will be having a general anesthetic for a procedure, your dog will be given a comprehensive, pre-appointment check to ensure that he is in good health and a suitable candidate for being put under while the clean is carried out. This often involves a blood test which will let your pet dentist know if there are any underlying health complications that increase your dog’s risk under general anesthetic. These results will also inform your pet dentist if there are any protocols related to the use of the general anesthetic that may need to be adjusted in the case of your canine. If your pet dentistry team considers that the risks are too high for your dog, it may not be possible for him to have a professional clean.
It is important to understand that your dog’s welfare is of the upmost importance to your pet dentist. As such, his pet dentistry team will monitor his wellbeing extremely closely for the duration of the time that he is under the effects of the general anesthetic. If there were any changes in his condition that were concerning, your pet dentistry team would stop the cleaning and bring him out of the general anesthetic as quickly as is safe to. Any further treatment would then be administered. However, the pre-anesthetic checks that are carried out are very thorough and the risk to your pet is absolutely minimal.
If you have further concerns about the safety of anesthesia in pet dental cleanings, or if you would like to make an appointment for your dog to have a professional dental clean, please contact our pet dentistry team and vets in Jacksonville, FL at 904-204-1788.