As a general practice, we are equipped to handle the most common diagnostics and treatments. With our state of the art facility and equipment plus our skilled veterinarians, we are also able to provide a selection of advanced services!
There are other recommendations your veterinarian may suggest for your pet that could require a referral to one of our trusted local specialty hospitals. However, we are happy to provide a few of those external resources right here at River Road Veterinary Hospital. This means you’re able to bring your pet to the hospital you’re familiar with, visit with the team your pet is already comfortable with, and receive collaborative care with your trusted veterinarian.
At Home Care
Examples of home care include special dental-cleaning food and tooth brushing. Super-soft toothbrushes and chicken-flavored toothpaste can make the experience surprisingly doable, even enjoyable. For the animal that refuses to sit still for a brushing, you can use a special enzymatic gel that is simply applied along the gum line with no brushing required. Many companies make treats that are specifically designed to maintain oral health. Keep in mind that these products will not replace the need for professional dental cleanings, but will aid in minimizing bacteria and prolonging the period between dental cleanings.
The only difference between human and animal dentistry is that animal dentistry is performed under sedation or anesthesia. This is necessary to alleviate the fear and discomfort the animal would experience otherwise, and also in order to perform a thorough cleaning, which is impossible to do while the animal is awake. Here is what the American Veterinary Dental College has to say about anesthesia for dental cleanings. Learn more from the American Veterinary Dental College about professional dental cleaning