Diesal is an almost 13 year old Brittany Spaniel. He came in a couple weeks ago to have his teeth cleaned and to have a couple problem teeth extracted.
Prior to his dental cleaning he had pre-anesthetic bloodwork run. As an older dog this was important to pick the right anesthetic protocol for him to keep him safe during surgery.
He was given a pre-medication injection for sedation before we placed his intravenous (IV) catheter for fluids. The IV fluids help to maintain his blood pressure during surgery, and gives direct access for any additional medications that may be needed.
Through his IV catheter, his induction medication was given. His IV catheter is also important incase any emergency or supportive medications need to be given during his procedure. The induction medication allows us to be able to place an endotracheal tube which is hooked up to oxygen and gas anesthetic for the duration of his dental cleaning. The endotracheal tube fits in his esophagus and helps prevent fluid from his mouth from being inhaled during his dental cleaning.
During his dental procedure his body temperature, heart rate, oxygen saturation, mucous membrane colour, and blood pressure were monitored and recorded by one of our talented veterinary technicians.
To start his dental cleaning, the tartar was cracked off of his teeth. A hand scaler and water scaler was used to remove tartar from the crowns of his teeth which are visible to us, as well as to clean beneath the gum line. Cleaning below the gum line is very important to keep teeth and their roots healthy, and can only be done under general anesthesia.
Diesal was already missing a few teeth from a previous dental procedure, but had a few more taken out at his cleaning that were unhealthy and bound to cause him problems in the future.
Then his teeth were polished with a paste that smooths the surface of his teeth and removes plaque. Plaque is the bacterial biofilm that is invisible to the naked eye, but if left it will turn into hard tartar that is visible. We will talk more about removing plaque to prevent dental disease later this month.
Diesal recovered well from his dental cleaning and extractions. Above are his before and after pictures. At almost 13 years old he has some permanent staining and wear and tear on his teeth, but his mouth is much more comfortable now that his teeth are free of plaque and tartar, and his sore teeth are gone.
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