Our beloved family pet's ability to disguise pain hinders our understanding of when they might need help. The most common infectious disease in our veterinary patients is periodontal disease, or dental disease. Just like in humans, dental problems can cause pain.
Discovering sources of pain in your pet's mouth requires a complete oral exam performed with anesthesia by our experienced team. Before your pet can undergo this procedure, a physical exam and blood test is performed to determine their current health status. This allows us to tailor the anesthesia to the individual pet for utmost safety using advanced techniques and standards of care. While under anesthesia, your pet is monitored by an experienced anesthetist who is taking vitals every 5 minutes, including heart rate, respiratory rate, temperature, blood pressure, etc. Dr. Chastain performs a full oral exam, scaling and polishing, fluoride treatment, and will take dental radiographs and perform oral surgery if a problem is found.
Without proper attention, dental disease progresses to not only cause pain, but can affect overall health and contribute to other harmful conditions.