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Why Does My Dog Need Anesthesia For Dental Work?


One of the most important, yet overlooked, aspects of your pet's well-being is the health of its teeth and gums. As a pet owner, you can do some things at home to keep your pet's oral health in check, but it doesn't match what can be done by a veterinarian. At Citrus Heights Pet Hospital in CA, we provide pet dental care services with the utmost compassion. One of the most common questions dog owners ask is why their pet needs anesthesia for dental work.

Periodontal disease in dogs is common, and it can affect them as early as three years of age. There are a few reasons why using anesthesia is necessary to get the best results.

  • More effective cleaning: Safe anesthesia allows our vet to focus on the gum line, where plaque buildup is prevalent. It's not possible to achieve cleaning like this unless your pet is still.
  • Stress reduction: Dogs can experience anxiety when they're getting dental work done, even if it's just a cleaning. Anesthesia protects them while also preventing our veterinarian from being bitten while performing dental work.
  • X-rays can be taken- Even if you have the most behaved pet, they won't let a veterinarian take a radiograph that needs to be done inside the mouth. These dental x-rays can provide us with more information about the overall state of the health of your dog.

As we discussed earlier, periodontal disease is very painful in dogs. Routine cleanings under general anesthesia can avoid this issue and help your pet live a happy and healthy life.

Schedule an Appointment with Our Veterinarian for Pet Dental Care in Citrus Heights, CA 

Dental work for your pet can be a daunting prospect, but with the help of anesthesia, it becomes much easier for both you and your furry friend. At Citrus Heights Animal Hospital, we use anesthesia to ensure that your pet is safe and comfortable during its dental procedure. We want to provide the best possible care for our patients, and that includes making sure they’re calm and relaxed during their visit. Call us today at (916) 725-2700 for more information or to schedule an appointment with our veterinarian.

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