February is Dental Health Month

February is Dental Health Month for your family dogs and cats. Bullard-Marks is offering 20% off the regular price to help keep your dog and/or cat’s teeth clean and white, prevent periodontal disease and prevent health problems.

What is Professional Dental Cleaning?

A professional dental cleaning will include:

  •  Inspecting the teeth for cracks
  •  Looking for loose teeth
  •  Looking for missing tooth pieces
  • Checking the mouth and gums for infection and oral masses.

We cannot expect your cat or dog to sit still, open wide and say “ahh”.  No dog or cat will allow metal tools in or around their mouth. For dental cleaning and an oral exam, anesthesia is needed for the comfort and safety of your dog or cat.

Prior to Dental Cleaning

To make the dental cleaning as safe as possible, the veterinarian will need to assess for underlying disease conditions that may require changing the anesthetic protocol.  This  will be done by doing lab work to look for underlying kidney or liver prolems, infection or anemia. Normal lab values will help to lower the anesthetic risks. If lab values are abnormal, we can suggest ways to treat the underlying problen before your dog or cat becomes symptomatic and sick.

Dental Exam

Cleaning teeth

Dental Anesthesia

Your dog or cat will receive medication which will relax him and provide pain relief. Then  an IV cather  will be placed for anesthesia. A breathing tube will be place through your dog or cats mouth into the trachea to ensure an open airway for oxygen and the anesthetic gas. One of the veterinary technicians and the veterinarian will monitor your dog or cat’s heart rate, breathing, and oxygen saturation of your dog or cat’s blood throughout the dental procedure.

Dental Cleaning

A technician will start the oral examination and remove dental plaque and tartar using an ultrasonic scale and/or hand tools. Following the dental scaling, he will use a periodontal probe to measure periodontal pockets and assess signs of periodontal disease. After the teeth are clean and periodontal disease is assessed, the veterinarian will examine the mouth to determine if dental x-rays are needed or teeth need to be extracted. If teeth do not need to be extracted, the technician will polish the teeth.

If teeth need to be extracted or periodontal disease is observed, antibiotics and/or pain medicine may be sent home.

Bullard–Marks Dental Special will include:

  1. A pre-anesthetic examination
  2. Inhalation Anesthetic
  3. Cleaning and polishing you cat or dog’s teeth
  4. Oral examination for periodontal pockets, fractured teeth and exposed tooth roots
  5. Recovery from anesthesia

There will be additional cost for :

  1. Blood work
  2. Extractions
  3. Antibiotics or pain medication to go home
  4. Periodontal Treatment
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