Signs of oral and dental disease:
- Bad breath
- Loose teeth or teeth that are discoloured or covered in tartar
- Drooling or dropping food from the mouth
- Your pet shies away from you when you touch the mouth area
- Bleeding from the mouth
- Loss of appetite or weight loss
As we have all learned from our own experiences at the dentist, cooperation is essential to allow for proper dental examinations, x-rays and treatments. The same can be said for veterinary dentistry, but communicating the importance of holding still can be a challenge with patients that can't understand the procedure being performed.
In some ways, veterinary dentistry is similar to pediatric human dentistry where patients require general anesthesia for safe and humane dental care. The general anesthesia used here at Barrie Animal Hospital is extremely low risk for the patient, as a result of a combination of pre-anesthetic assessment of the patient (including bloodwork and a thorough examination) and the use of modern anesthetic agents and state-of-the-art monitoring equipment.