What if my pet needs a tooth removed?
Where possible we always try to save teeth. It is in our pet's best interests to have a full dentition. However, if a tooth is too infected or loose or is going to be a source of future problems then we may need to remove it. Cats and dogs do very well after teeth have been extracted. In extreme cases, this can mean all of the teeth. Remember it is much better to have no tooth and a healthy gum than a retained tooth and ongoing infection.
Why choose Vetwest to care for your pet’s teeth?
A dental procedure is a common yet involved procedure for a dog, cat or small animal. Unlike humans, pets require an anaesthetic for a professional and safe procedure. When we recommend a dental scale and polish, dental prophylaxis or more complex procedures like dental extractions, our highly trained and caring pet healthcare team are here to offer your pet the care they deserve.
Advanced pain relief regimes - Your pet can't tell us how they are feeling so pain relief management is a priority in our approach to treatment. Advanced regimes also mean your pet heals quickly and enjoys a painless recovery, particularly after surgery.
Provide optimal patient monitoring - so you can be reassured your pet will be safe as they will be continually monitored by a trained nurse and/or veterinarian. This also means your pet will not sit in soiled bedding, medications are given on time, feeding regimes are maintained and your pet is carefully monitored before, during and after any surgery or procedure. We also use specialised equipment to monitor your pet during procedures; checking oxygen levels, heart rate and respiratory rate as a minimum standard.
Sterile surgery - just like a human hospital we autoclave all instruments and gowns before every procedure to reduce the risks of sterility related complications to your pet.
Approach to anaesthetic - We tailor individual anaesthetic programs based on a pet's age, breed, and current health status both to reduce the risks of anaesthetic and promote faster recovery.
Free dental checks - We believe the health of your pet's mouth is a top priority and that's why we offer free dental health checks with our qualified nurses to help make it easier for you to care for your pet's dental health.