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Dental Care for Dogs: What to Know

Dog dental cleanings can vary widely in their cost, their safety and their completeness. At Mission Animal Hospital, we are PASSIONATE about your pet’s teeth and how best to protect them. Want to know more?  

1) There is nothing more important than your dog’s safety. At Mission Animal Hospital, your dog is cared for by a team of three caregivers — a doctor, a technician, and an assistant — who are focused solely on your pet without distraction.  

2) Who is responsible for your pet’s anesthesia? At Mission Animal Hospital, we NEVER leave your pet’s side until they are completely awake after their procedure. We use only the safest drugs, and every pet is monitored continually with the same technology used in human ICUs– blood pressure, EKG, and pulse oximetry.

3) Cold is a big problem for anesthetized dogs. As pets snooze with their mouth opens, their temperature can gradually drop to dangerous levels. At Mission Animal Hospital we have heated surgical tables, we cover your pet in fleece, give them warmed IV fluids, and we continually warm your pet with gently heated air circulating through their blankets.

4) Nobody can tell the health of your dog’s tooth without taking an x-ray of it. Two thirds of your dog’s tooth is buried under the gums.Just like your dentist, we at Mission Animal Hospital take x-rays of every tooth in your dog’s body.  

5) There is only one reason for your dog to have bad breath. Periodontal infections can shorten your pet’s life by up to a year–a proven fact. At Mission Animal Hospital, we use repository antibiotics under any areas of infected gums to eliminate those painful bacteria for your dog.

6) If your pet’s tooth is loose, it means it is very painful and very infected. There are times when the only way to solve your pet’s discomfort is to extract an infected or broken tooth. Your dog will thank you!

7) There is nothing more important than your dog’s comfort. At Mission Animal Hospital, if we perform gum surgery or an extraction, we use a combination of long-acting local anesthetics (like Novocaine, only better) and the best in pain relief to keep your dog as comfortable as possible.  

 

Dental Care for Cats: What to Know

1) Cats don’t like dogs. At Mission Animal Hospital, we keep our kitty patients far away from dogs. Separate exam room? Check.  Separate lodging? Check. Bring us your cat’s bed or blanket, and that’s where they will stay.

2) There is nothing more important than your cat’s safety. At Mission Animal Hospital, your cat is cared for by a team of three — a doctor, a supervising technician, and an assistant — who are focused only on your cat. No distractions.

3) Did you know there are literally dozens of ways to anesthetize a cat? At Mission Animal Hospital, we use only the safest drugs for your cat, and continually monitor them while they are snoozing with the latest in technology– blood pressure, EKG, and pulse oximetry.  We NEVER EVER leave your cat’s side until they are completely awake after their procedure.  

4) Cats hate cold. Because of cats’ small size, while they are anesthetized their temperature can gradually drop to dangerous levels. At Mission Animal Hospital we have heated surgical tables, we swaddle your snoozing cat in fleece… through which we blow gently warmed air. It’s like a day at the spa!!

5) The only way to know how healthy your cat’s teeth are is to take x-rays. Of every tooth. Two thirds of every tooth in your cat’s body is buried under the gums, so we at Mission Animal Hospital take x-rays of every tooth in your cat’s body. Just like your dentist.

6) Bad breath can mean a shorter life for your cat. If your cat has bad breath, it means they have infections under their gums. These can cause cancer, heart disease, and kidney problems for your cat. That’s why we at Mission Animal Hospital use repository antibiotics under the gums, to keep on killing bacteria even after your kitty goes home.

7) Do cats get cavities? You bet they do. If your cat has a cavity, or what we call a resorptive lesion, they are in excruciating pain. Every day. At Mission Animal Hospital, we can help you solve it.

8)There is nothing more important than solving your cat’s pain. At Mission Animal Hospital, if we perform gum surgery or an extraction for your kitty, we use a combination of long-acting local anesthetics (like Novocaine, only better) and the best in pain relief to keep your cat as comfortable as possible. We can even give them an antibiotic that will last for 14 days… so you don’t have to try to poke a pill down their throat twice a day.  How cool is that?

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Mission Animal Hospital

Location

3973 South Higuera Street San Luis Obispo, CA 93401

Clinic Hours

Monday-Friday 8 am to 5 pm
Saturday- Sunday 9am to 3pm