No pet parent wants to see their dog or cat suffering from painful or aching teeth and gums. A trip to the vet can help to determine whether or not your pet needs one or more teeth extracted. Here at Desert East Animal Hospital in El Paso, TX, we can provide dental extractions when it is deemed necessary for your pet. This is an appointment and procedure that can take several hours to complete safely.
Reasons for Dental Pet Surgery
There are several reasons why your veterinarian might recommend extracting one or more teeth from your dog or cat, such as:
• fractured teeth
• advanced tooth decay
• baby teeth that have not fallen out yet
• oral trauma
• oral tumor removal
• orthodontic problems with your pet's teeth
Before Your Pet's Dental Extraction Procedure
Schedule an appointment with us right away if you notice a problem with your pet's teeth. The veterinarian might also notice a dental problem that warrants a deeper exam during your pet's annual wellness checkup.
Our staff will conduct a thorough oral exam on your dog or cat during a preliminary exam. This may include X-rays to look at the tooth and bone structure. We will run further tests to make sure the animal is healthy enough for anesthesia if a dental extraction is recommended. This might include blood and stool tests. An appointment for surgery will be schedule once it is determined that your pet is healthy enough for the dental extraction.
The Day of Your Pet's Dental Extraction
Your pet will be administered mild anesthesia for the procedure, and its vital signs will be carefully monitored the whole time. The veterinarian will cut surgical flaps on nearby tissues, and the tooth or teeth that need to be extracted will be drilled and removed. The surgical flaps will be stitched shut once the procedure is done.
Your pet may need to switch to a soft food diet depending on how many teeth were extracted. This is necessary in cases where a whole-mouth extraction is done. This means that all your pet’s teeth had to be removed. We will also prescribe some painkillers and antibiotics for you to administer to your pet during the recovery period. Most pets are back to normal within about 48 hours after a dental extraction. Give us a call if you notice any signs of bleeding or infection.
Get the Dental Care Your Pet Needs at Desert East Animal Hospital in El Paso, TX
No one wants to see their pet suffering from dental pain, so be sure to contact Desert East Animal Hospital in El Paso, TX, to get your pet the dental care it needs. Call us today at (915) 855-4100 to schedule a dental extraction that will get your pet feeling its best again.