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Owner

A C

Pet Name

Bob

Case Notes

Bob underwent a dental clean today for his Grade 2 dental disease. All his teeth were thoroughly cleaned and checked and no extractions were required. He has been given pain relief during the procedure and a long-acting antibiotic injection.

Reason for admission and estimate

Please give his pain medication as per label from tomorrow morning with food. He will require an appointment in 5-7 days to re-assess his mouth and discuss home care. Please call us if you have any concerns.

Dental prophylaxis - Discharge instructions

Overview

Most dogs and cats have some level of dental disease and are susceptible to bad breath, infection, pain, and tooth loss. When left untreated, infections can spread to the kidneys, liver, lungs, and heart and lead to serious disease.

The procedure

Your pet underwent general anesthesia to have its teeth cleaned and polished with an ultrasonic scaler. We have also cleaned under the gum line. A dental prophylaxis or prophy is performed to treat or prevent dental disease. 

The veterinary dental procedure may have included:

Extractions

If your pet had a tooth or teeth extracted, there may be absorbable sutures in the mouth. These are put in place to reduce bleeding and close any gaps. These sutures will not require removal as they will dissolve over the next few weeks. 

What to expect the night of the procedure

Feeding guidelines following the procedure

When to call the veterinarian

Medication

If your pet was prescribed medication, please administer the medication as per the directions on the label. 

Preventative Care 

Your pet will require ongoing dental homecare to help protect its teeth from future dental disease. Even after a thorough dental clean under general anesthesia, plaque can start to form on tooth surfaces within 24 hours. Lack of home care even for just 1-3 weeks can result in gingivitis in most pets.

Your veterinary team may recommend:

Your veterinary team will discuss these options with you.

Please note that if your pet has had some teeth extracted, do not start teeth brushing or offering dental chews/toys until the gum has healed, approximately 7 days. Your pet's gum will be checked at the follow-up consultation.