Dental Aftercare

 

Your pet has undergone a dental procedure. Prior to the procedure, they received a full examination by their veterinarian and will have had bloodwork done if requested.

About the procedure

The procedure entails dental radiographs being taken and assessed by a veterinarian, a physical assessment of the mouth, possible extractions of diseased teeth, and a scale and polish of all teeth. Recovery is rapid, and aftercare is minimal if there were no extractions. If teeth have been extracted, the recovery time is usually 3 - 7 days; however, this may differ between patients. All surgical procedures include IVFT (intravenous fluid therapy) and pain relief if required.

Aftercare

When you collect your pet, they may be quite sleepy following their anaesthetic and procedure. You may offer them a small meal after they have settled in at home. We recommend offering about 1/3 of the size of their usual dinner. Do not be concerned if your pet does not show interest in their food on the first night after their procedure; the main reason they may not be interested in food is possible nausea from the anaesthetic, and/or drowsiness. If your pet has had extractions, we recommend only feeding soft foods for the first 2-4 days. If your pet has had many extractions, we recommend feeding soft foods for longer, however, this will be confirmed at the collection of your pet.

Your pet may have been given medications during their stay at our clinic, and may have take home medications which a nurse will have discussed with you during discharge. If you have any questions about medication, please do no hesitate to contact the clinic and ask.

Your pet may have sutures after extractions. These do not need to be removed, and will dissolve on their own.

If your pet has any other requirements specific to their procedure, a nurse will have discussed these with you. If you have any questions regarding these requirements, please contact the clinic.

A recheck may be requested by the veterinarian 10-14 days after the procedure; if this is the case, please contact reception to make a booking.

When to contact the clinic:

  • Your pet is showing signs of discomfort around their mouth area (small discomfort is to be expected after extractions; monitor and call if this discomfort becomes worse).

  • Your pet is overly lethargic, vomiting, or reluctant to eat by the following day.

  • You feel your pet may be in pain.

  • If you have any questions about medications.

  • If you have any other concerns.

Take away points

  • Please offer a small amount of food (1/3 of their usual meal size) the night of the procedure.

  • Please feed soft foods for a couple of days if your pet had extractions.

  • Do not be concerned if your pet is not interested in food on the first night.

  • There are no sutures to be removed.

  • Your pet may have been prescribed take home medication.

  • Keep your pet in a warm environment.