Dentistry


A happy mouth equals a happy pet!   Here at Total Vets we strive to offer you the best quality veterinary care around, which includes dental care for your pet.   Many people don’t think twice about what’s going on with with their pets’ teeth but the reality is, nearly 90% of pets who walk through our doors have dental pathology in their mouths.  This includes tartar buildup, gingivitis, fractured teeth, oral masses, tooth root abscesses, retained baby teeth…the list goes on!  This is one of the many reasons why an annual general health check is so essential for your pet.

While it would be nice to be able to tell Fido to sit and say “Ahhhh,” veterinary dental procedures do require a general anaesthetic.  Thanks to advancements in veterinary anaesthesia over the past 25-30 years a general anaesthetic in your pet doesn’t have to be a scary endeavor.  We recommend pre-anaesthetic bloodwork for any animal before the procedure so we can customize their anaesthetic drug protocol to meet their needs.  In addition, your pet will be monitored by one of our capable nurses throughout the procedure.  Intravenous fluid support while your pet is under anaesthetic is beneficial to maintain blood pressure as well as help with a smooth recovery from the anaesthetic.  Nerve blocks, just like at your dentist, are routinely used for additional pain relief when required to help make your pets anaesthesia smoother and more comfortable.

 Total Vets is pleased to now offer dental radiography with the addition of a dental-specific digital x-ray machine to enhance our diagnostic abilities.  Our aim is to perform full-mouth dental x-rays on every pet before their dental is performed and here's why:    When looking in your pet's mouth, what you see on the surface doesn't necessarily reflect what is going on below the gumline.  For example,  our ability to decide whether to extract a tooth or not relies heavily on what is going on at the tooth root and surrounding bone, something we can only see with the help of an x-ray.  Other examples of what x-rays can detect include enamel defects, fractures beneath the gum line, retained tooth roots and bone loss—all serious issues that can go undetected during a standard dental exam and cleaning.  In cases where patients’ x-rays don’t reveal any underlying problems, these are still of value as they can be compared with future x-rays to ensure any developing problems are spotted early. 

Once your pet has had a dental procedure, our staff will talk you through ways you can keep your pets mouth healthy at home.                                                                    

Before dental scale and polish     After dental scale and polish

Before dental procedure                                             After dental procedure