CARE & TIPS
FOR YOUR PETS
You have taken a very big step towards the improvement of your companion's oral health!
You can feed your dog or cat a small meal tonight (about 1⁄2 of normal) as the anesthetic can make them feel nauseous. Tomorrow you can feed a normal amount of food and water, but you may want to feed soft foods like chicken or a dog roll (no gravy foods) for the next few days.
If extractions were performed, do not be surprised if you notice a small amount of bleeding from your cat or dog's mouth. You may notice a small amount of blood in the water dish, too, after your companion takes a drink of water. Although a small amount of bleeding may be expected following dental extractions, significant hemorrhage is NOT expected and you should contact us IMMEDIATELY if you have any concerns.
Will my pet need medication?
Some animals may require antibiotics and/or pain relief following their teeth cleaning. This decision is made on a case by case basis, and your companion may or may not need to go home on antibiotics or pain relief.
What foods can help prevent dental disease in my pet?
There are many choices of food for the prevention of dental disease in dogs and cats. Some animals are more prone to dental disease than others. However, there is a dietary option which could potentially make a BIG difference to your animal's dental health. Science Diet T/D, Royal Canin Dental or Advance Dental is a dry food which breaks in such a way as to shear tartar off of your dog or cat's teeth. It is most effective at PREVENTING tartar build-up on teeth which have recently been cleaned.
What steps can I take to prevent dental disease?
There are other steps you can take to prevent or delay the progression of dental disease. Brushing your cat or dog's teeth can be an important part of maintaining good oral health. Both finger brushes and toothbrushes are available. It is important to use dog/cat toothpaste as opposed to human toothpaste. If dental extractions were performed, then wait for about a week to start brushing his/her teeth.
Regular yearly dental vet consultations are recommended to examine your pet’s teeth and gums as part of a preventative dental program. Contact us at Caloundra Vet Surgery and ask out vet nurses if you would like yearly reminders for this. Please contact us between 8.00 am – 5.30 pm Mondays to Fridays or 8.30 am – 12.00 noon on Saturdays if you have any post-operative care concerns. There are vets available at the Animal Emergency Centre at Tanawha after business hours. Call our phone number and it will automatically divert to their Pet ER.
Dr Colin Tedman, B.Vet.Med
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