At Town & Country Animal Hospital, we know the decision to have oral surgery on your furry or feathered friend can be a difficult one. That is why we always thoroughly explain the benefits, risks, procedure, after-care and make sure to answer all of your questions before proceeding with oral surgery in pets at your Ocala vet.
Reasons Animals Need Oral Surgery
Since animals tend to hide pain and illness from their owners, you may be surprised to learn your pet needs oral surgery. The reasons animals need oral surgery fall under three categories: oral defects, jaw fractures, and growths. Oral defects can occur from dental decay, such as gingivitis and periodontal disease, which is typical in cats and dogs, or from a fluke accident, such as a dog breaking his tooth on a bone. Unfortunately, we commonly see jaw fractures after an animal is struck by a car, hit by sports equipment or even shot by a firearm. Animals also need oral surgery to remove growths, which appear for unknown reasons and should be removed as soon as possible for the best chance of curing disease.
Concerns About Dental Surgery in Pets
As pet owners ourselves, we understand your concerns about dental surgery in pets. Before we perform oral surgery in pets at our Ocala surgical suite, we run a series of blood tests to ensure your pet is healthy enough for the procedure. In dental surgery in pets, we take multiple X-rays of the mouth and then thoroughly clean the teeth to remove decay and provide a sterile environment for extraction and repair. While under anesthesia, your pet will be constantly monitored with the latest technology, and we will continue to carefully monitor the animal during recovery. We will clearly explain all after-care, including feeding and pain management through medications. If at any time you have questions, answers are just a phone call away. You may be surprised by how quickly your pet bounces back to normal.
Importance of Veterinarian Dental Care
The health of your pet's teeth is vital to his overall health and well-being. Dental problems are not only painful, but they can significantly affect the whole body, leading to serious complications, including malnutrition, kidney disease, and in some cases, heart disease. The importance of veterinarian dental care cannot be overstated. A yearly dental exam and cleaning help prevent tooth decay so common in animals, and it helps diagnose problems early. When cavities are diagnosed early, they can be filled, preventing the need for oral surgery extraction. Regular veterinarian dental care is one of the best ways to give your pet a happy, healthy life.
Contact Our Local Ocala Veterinarian for Pet Dental Exams
At Town & Country Animal Hospital in Ocala, pet dental exams are part of our commitment to treat your pets like family. From heated exam tables to digital radiography, we strive to provide the highest-level of care at every step. Call us today (352-840-7020) to schedule your next appointment.