We recommend a Comprehensive Oral Health Assessment and Treatment (COHAT) for dogs and cats. This procedure is performed under anesthesia and is similar to dental procedures we receive for ourselves. Your pet will receive dental radiographs to assess for any issues that are under the gum line along with physically checking each tooth for any issues. Once this has been completed, the veterinarian will discuss any additional recommendations such as tooth extraction with you. Your pet will also receive a dental cleaning to remove tartar and plaque build up. For dental health concerns that are more complex, we may refer to a veterinary dentist. Veterinary dentists are better equipped and more experienced to handle complex dental issues.
Oral pain is a sign of dental health issues. Oral pain can present in different ways. You may notice your pet not chewing their food, dropping food or pawing at their face. A COHAT is the only way to assess and treat the underlying cause of oral pain. If the pain is severe, then we may recommend pain medication until your pet's COHAT procedure.