DENTAL FAQ

Pet Dental FAQs Answered by Our Veterinarian in Point Loma

The importance of pet dental care is becoming better understood by pet owners, but people still have a lot of questions for our veterinarian in Point Loma. We have compiled a few of the most common questions about pet teeth cleaning (at home and here in the animal hospital), but if you have other questions, just ask!

Questions About Pet Teeth Cleaning? Call Our Veterinarian in Point Loma!

Will my pet need anesthesia for a teeth cleaning?

Yes, in order to do the most thorough job of examining and cleaning a pet’s teeth (particularly when a dental problem is advanced), we need your pet to be absolutely still (dental tools are sharp and even a minor wince at the wrong time can hurt). Our veterinarian always does a complete blood test and health check for each pet before they go under anesthesia, and one of our experienced vet techs will constantly monitor your pet’s vital signs during the procedure.

Do I really need to brush my pet’s teeth?

Yes! Daily pet dental hygiene is just as essential for good dental health and overall health as it is for humans. By brushing away the plaque and bacteria once a day, you help your pet’s teeth stay healthier and prevent more severe dental problems that can spread as infections to other parts of the body!

How often does my pet need a professional teeth cleaning?

Veterinary medical experts agree that pets should have their teeth cleaned and examined by a pet dentist once annually. Pets with severe cases of periodontal disease may need more frequent appointments for extra therapy initially.

Does my pet need antibiotics for a teeth cleaning appointment?

Sometimes. If your pet has any heart, liver or kidney problems or other health concerns that affect the immune system, our veterinarian in Point Loma may administer antibiotics before the appointment, just to be safe. Healthy pets usually do not need them, however.

My dog has a fractured tooth, but seems fine—why should we have it repaired

Because all kinds of bacteria can enter the root and bloodstream through the fracture, causing further infection, pain and damage, even to internal organs.

What alternatives are there to pet dental extractions?

Sometimes a pet’s tooth is (or teeth are) so far damaged that the root and supporting bone structures are infected and falling apart. Not only is this very painful for the pet, but again, more damage can be done if the infection spreads. Our veterinarian will carefully examine your pet’s situation and explain all of the treatment options available for your pet.

Can my pet go back to eating crunchy foods after pet dental surgery?

Yes. Usually, pets need about two weeks of a soft food diet to let everything heal, but then they can go back to enjoying their favorite kibble and crunchy treats.

If you do not see your question here, call and ask: (619) 610-0123!

Testimonials

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francisb, San Diego

Excellent, friendly and caring as always.

francisb, San Diego

5.0
2014-07-24T10:12:04+00:00

francisb, San Diego

Excellent, friendly and caring as always.

katyp, San Diego

Going to the vet can be such a traumatic thing, but it never is with you guys. I love the doctor and it really seems like she has my cat's best interests at heart. Wonderful doc, staff and always an easy experience. Thank you guys!

katyp, San Diego

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2014-07-24T10:11:44+00:00

katyp, San Diego

Going to the vet can be such a traumatic thing, but it never is with you guys. I love the doctor and it really seems like she has my cat’s best interests at heart. Wonderful doc, staff and always an easy experience. Thank you guys!

christopherm, San Diego

Best staff ever, me and Mr. Woody love going every time!

christopherm, San Diego

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2014-07-24T10:11:34+00:00

christopherm, San Diego

Best staff ever, me and Mr. Woody love going every time!

anonymous

Extremely caring and helpful providers that give each and every pet their undivided attention. Every time I have any form of concern for my animals they are there to help. From the technicians to the DVM's they are all extremely knowledgeable and caring. They will try to save you as much time and money as possible, while still providing the maximum amount of care. Highly recommend Dr. Rozsa and her staff for all types of pet care.

anonymous

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2014-07-24T10:11:12+00:00

anonymous

Extremely caring and helpful providers that give each and every pet their undivided attention. Every time I have any form of concern for my animals they are there to help. From the technicians to the DVM’s they are all extremely knowledgeable and caring. They will try to save you as much time and money as possible, while still providing the maximum amount of care. Highly recommend Dr. Rozsa and her staff for all types of pet care.

neishal, Imperial Beach

Dr Rozsa and her staff are wonderful. This is first place I recommend to anyone looking for a vet or place to board their pet. You can tell that they have your pets best interest at heart and go the extra mile for them.

neishal, Imperial Beach

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2014-07-24T10:10:01+00:00

neishal, Imperial Beach

Dr Rozsa and her staff are wonderful. This is first place I recommend to anyone looking for a vet or place to board their pet. You can tell that they have your pets best interest at heart and go the extra mile for them.
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