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Do I have to put my pet under anesthesia to have his teeth cleaned?

December 22, 2009 by  
Filed under Dentistry

When I inform a pet owner that I recommend a prophy, or teeth cleaning, I’m often asked, “Do you have to put him under anesthesia to do that?” But the REAL question they’re asking is, “Is it safe to put my pet under anesthesia?” If there’s one thing I could effectively convey to the general… Read more

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Dental Disease in Ferrets

December 13, 2009 by  
Filed under Dentistry, Ferrets

Maintaining good dental health is very important in the pet ferret. Lack of good oral hygiene leads to plaque and subsequent tartar, which can trap bacteria resulting in gingivitis (gum inflammation) and with time infection of the tooth roots and loss of teeth. Additionally, bacteria from an… Read more

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Important Information Regarding Routine Periodontal Therapy

December 9, 2009 by  
Filed under Dentistry

      It is very important for you to know that not all veterinary hospitals approach anesthesia and periodontal procedures in the same way.  Advancements in veterinary medicine have allowed these procedures to be much safer than ever before.  You can be confident that your pet… Read more

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Prophy? What’s that?

December 8, 2009 by  
Filed under Dentistry

A prophy is often called a “teeth cleaning,” but I’m afraid that description doesn’t quite do justice to what is included in a routine prophy. A better description is “periodontal therapy”, but even that may still leave you asking, “What?” During a prophy, the heavy layers of tartar and calculus… Read more

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