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We would like to introduce to you H.V.C’s Dental Health Care Program that is designed to improve the oral hygiene and hence dental health of your beloved pet.
Our long term goal for your pet is for them to retain all their teeth in healthy condition for their entire life. Initially the aim is to prevent plaque from sticking to teeth in the first place. Plaque contains bacteria which, if left on the teeth will cause inflammation and infection in the gum and periodontal tissues. Eventually the infection will find its way into the blood stream and then into essential organs like the heart and kidneys. The teeth will also be compromised and will either fall out or have to be taken out during dental procedures.
The most effective methods for preventing plaque on teeth are:
It is important for you to recognise the signs and symptoms of dental problems, which include:
At H.V.C we are equipped with state of the art equipment including a dental station with high and low speed drills, an ultrasonic scaler and a digital dental x-ray machine.
Should your pet already have plaque on their teeth our veterinarians and experienced veterinary nurses will grade the disease in your pet’s mouth from grade 1 to grade 4 depending on the severity of the disease.
Grade 1: Early build up of plaque and tartar with minimal gum changes
Grade 2: Moderate build up of plaque with some changes occurring to the gums
Grade 3: Moderate to severe gum changes with some teeth requiring extraction
Grade 4: Severe gum changes with many if not all teeth requiring extraction
It is important to intervene early with dental disease so that we can avoid the mouth progressing past Grade 2 as gum changes past grade 2 become more irreversible.
We recommend that all pets have:
We have priced our dental program to encourage pet owners to have their pet’s teeth professionally cleaned under anaesthetic earlier in the course of dental disease so that the pet’s mouth remains healthier and pain free.
All dental treatments include full general anaesthetic, intravenous fluids whist under anaesthetic, hospital time and the dental scale and polish. All grade 1 dentals are performed at a reduced rate.
Grade 3 and Grade 4 dentals require dental radiography and subsequently oral surgery to extract teeth. Pain relief, antibiotics and follow up visits to check extraction sites are also necessary.
Under H.V.C’s dental health program any pet who receives a dental treatment under general anaesthetic is entitled to a free check up after 7 days and a half price dental check up 6 months later. If your pet requires another scale and polish after their 6 month re-visit then the cost of the check up will be credited off the cost of the dental procedure.
Each year H.V.C promote dental health awareness month and offer a 20% rebate on all dental procedures grade 2 and above during these months.
Whats included in our 20% rebate on dental procedures:
If you would like further information about our dental program please call us on 02 49696852.
I so appreciate the wonderful and knowledgeable staff. Skilled, attentive and caring - thanks Dr Chris for your kind and thoughtful handling of a difficult decision!
Meri M. / Hamilton, New South Wales