It is estimated that more than 80% of pet cats and dogs are suffering with some form of dental disease causing significant pain and compromising their overall health.  At The Natural Vets we offer advanced veterinary solutions integrated with holistic care to return your pet’s smile to a happy, healthy one.

Anaesthesia-free dentals have become popular in recent years, due to the reduced monetary cost, and the perception that it is safer to have your pet’s teeth cleaned without also having your pet undergo general anaesthesia.  Please note that we DO NOT advocate anaesthesia-free dentistry for pets. There is much involved in a dental procedure, and performing an effective dental on an awake patient who would need to be restrained for a long period of time while sharp things are poked into their mouth is highly stressful and potentially painful for your pet.

To effectively assess and treat all of your pet’s teeth, including the roots that lie below the gum line, your pet needs to be placed under general anaesthesia.  We perform a thorough pre-operative health assessment on every pet that undergoes an anaesthetic, and with careful drug selection, close monitoring and light anaesthesia plane, a dental procedure can be completed safely and effectively.  Your pet remains free of stress, anxiety and pain throughout the operation.

A dental procedure at The Natural Vets involves the following:

  • Comprehensive pre-operative health check, including blood work where necessary
  • General anaesthesia with modern anaesthetic agents that are safe for even very senior pets
  • Careful and attentive pain management, including pre-operative, intra-operative and post-operative pain relief and dental nerve blocks when extractions are required
  • Examination of all tooth surfaces and gums with dental probes, and a thorough dental chart recorded noting teeth of concern and treatment required
  • Full mouth dental radiographs to assess the health of the internal tooth tissues, tooth roots and surrounding periodontal tissues
  • Phone updates throughout the day on your pet’s progress and to discuss any treatments required that may not have been expected
  • Ultrasonic scaling and polishing of all teeth
  • Treating diseased teeth, or teeth that are growing in ways that compromise the overall function of your pet’s mouth, which may require a variety of advanced techniques including crown amputations, sealing painful areas of exposed dentine, or extractions where indicated
  • Extractions are performed with specialist equipment and skill and gentle technique, and gums are sutured closed to aid healing and comfort and prevent post-operative infection
  • Referral for more specialised procedures such as root canals where indicated
  • Manageable dental homecare program devised and discussed on discharge
  • Free dental checks with our Nurses on an ongoing basis to ensure that effective preventative measures to keep the mouth healthy are being implemented

Many people with senior pets are reluctant to have their pets undergo anaesthesia to have their teeth cleaned, but in almost every patient, even geriatrics, a dental treatment is a safe and necessary procedure which will prevent ongoing and often severe pain, and will ensure your pet lives out the rest of their days in a happier and healthier state.

Dr Renee is our passionate Veterinary Dentist and would love the opportunity to return your pet’s mouth to a state of comfort and health.  We offer free dental checks with our trained Veterinary Nurses, so visit us soon with your pet, to find out what needs to be done to make their smile a happy and healthy one!