Just like humans, pets can have dental problems, too. Relieving pain and improving dental function is an important part of overall health care for pets. At Rock Knoll Animal Hospital in Oklahoma City, OK, we provide a variety of dental treatments, including pet dental surgery. Whether you have a dog or cat, we can diagnose dental problems and provide effective solutions to help your pet feel better and eat comfortably.
What Problems Require Surgery?
Pet dental surgery does not have to be a scary process for you or your pet. Surgery can help your pet stay healthy and avoid other health complications.
Dogs may need dental surgery for a number of problems. Retained baby teeth can crowd adult teeth and make eating difficult. Dogs sometimes chew hard objects and may break a tooth, which can become painful. Older animals may have decayed teeth. Gum disease could develop and require surgery. Cats also develop dental problems, such as decayed teeth or resorbed teeth, that may require surgery.
What Happens During Surgery?
Before any dental surgery, our veterinarian will administer a number of tests to ensure that your pet is healthy enough to undergo the procedure. On the day of surgery, the animal will be put under with an anesthetic. An assistant will monitor breathing and heart rate carefully while your pet is asleep. The necessary procedure will be done while the animal is unconscious and unable to feel pain. After the procedure, your pet will be monitored to ensure the effects of the anesthetic are wearing off. Generally, you will be able to take your pet home the same day for rest and recuperation.
Aftercare for Dental Surgery
Our veterinary team will provide specific instructions for your pet’s care after dental surgery. These will include allowing your pet to rest in a quiet area until the anesthetic wears off completely. Provide plenty of fresh water to drink and avoid giving your pet hard food. Instead, a small meal of food softened with water or canned food is advised. Our vet may prescribe antibiotics or pain medication to administer. Do not offer your pet chew toys or other hard objects until cleared by our vet during your follow-up visit.
Visit Our Animal Hospital
Taking care of your pet’s dental needs does not have to be difficult or scary. Dr. Sherrie Payne and the team at Rock Knoll Animal Hospital understand the needs of your pet. We provide quality care for pets in Oklahoma City, OK. We offer many services for our patients, including vaccinations, surgery, diagnostics, wellness care, orthopedic care, urgent care, and pharmacy services. Call Rock Knoll Animal Hospital today to schedule an appointment for your pet.