Keeping your pet’s teeth in good condition is important to his or her overall health. Because dogs and cats use their mouths for eating, playing, exploring, and getting your attention, many will have some type of dental problem even early in life.
Untreated dental problems can lead to kidney, heart, and liver disease. By the time you notice your pet has bad breath, yellow teeth, inflamed gums, or trouble eating, a teeth cleaning is overdue.
When you bring your pet in for an annual wellness check at Mid North Animal Hospital, we will always check teeth as part of the routine wellness exam. If we see cause for concern or notice the teeth need cleaning, we will recommend a full dental exam and cleaning under anesthesia. The procedure is similar to your trip to the dentist but requires anesthesia to ensure a complete professional assessment. A special appointment will need to be made for all dental procedures.
All dental work is done under general anesthesia. Your pet unfortunately will not sit calmly while having deep dental work done in his or her mouth. To protect the veterinary staff and your pet, being put under anesthesia is the best solution. It is important that you do not feed your pet after midnight the night before the appointment. Your pet can still have water until the morning though.
We will do pre-surgery blood work to make sure your pet is healthy enough to be anesthetized. As the anesthetic is administered, a member of our staff constantly supervises your pet to ensure he or she is comfortably sedated. When the procedure is complete, monitoring continues until your pet is fully recovered.
Sending Your Pet Home
Your pet will be able to go home with you in the evening after having dental work done. We provide you with pain relief and antibiotics to be given at home as determined by your veterinarian. Do not be surprised if your dog or cat does not eat or play normally for the next day or so. We will call to check with you to make sure everything is going smoothly but do not hesitate to call us if you have any questions or concerns.
Cleaning and X-rays
Keeping your pet’s teeth clean from tartar and plaque will go a long way in maintaining good oral hygiene. You should be brushing his or her teeth regularly at home. Complete professional dental care at the intervals recommended for your pet by his or her veterinarian will help to ensure strong and healthy teeth.
As your pet ages, he or she may start to lose teeth. This is sure to happen if you have not kept up with regular dental care. If your pet is losing teeth, odds are good there might be some infection in the gums or even in the bone. It is important that your pet is given an antibiotic to kill the infection before having work done on the teeth to prevent it from spreading.
Dental care for your pet is not difficult, but it is very important. Do not rely on chew toys or bones to do the work; get a good toothbrush and start brushing your pet’s teeth while young, and it will become a normal routine for you both.
Make an appointment to have the teeth professionally cleaned today. Good oral hygiene will save your pet’s teeth and, in turn, improve his or her overall health.
"We adore Mid North Animal Hospital. We have been going there for 20 years and love the staff, Sean in tech area, Miriam and her staff of great people and of course Dr. Schnoor, she is awesome."
"Five stars for mid north. My dogs have been coming here since they were puppies.(they are now 12 and 14. The staff is both knowledgeable and friendly. When we park, the dogs start to bark excitedly and then drag me to the door."
"If you need a vet, there is no place better than Mid North Animal Hospital."
"Recently visited Mid North Animal Hospital and they are fantastic. All the various staff are engaged, caring and efficient. Used many vets before and Mid North is definitely at the top!"
"Dr Schnoor and everyone at Mid North were absolutely amazing!!! We are so grateful for you all and will be back! Seriously we are beyond grateful to find Dr Schnoor!"
"Everyone is very friendly when we arrive with our dogs. We have had a few emergencies with our dogs and I always feel very confident that my dogs' health is the highest priority. The follow up from the office when my dog was in the emergency room overnight was extremely appreciated. I felt that the practice cared just as much for my pets as I did. This type of attentiveness is exactly why I would never go to another practice."
"Everything is great. The staff (both drs & reception) are amazing which is why we keep coming back. Miriam is extremely knowledgable and helpful for whatever we need. Our pups love going to the vet!"
"Everyone is always so great towards me and Bella. I'm so happy I have such a great vet office, keep up the good work :)"
"The staff is always so friendly and you can tell that they love their jobs. Every pet is greeted with enthusiasm and compassion."
""Value" is a tough thing - veterinary care is expensive. The line-item receipt really helps me understand all of the components of a visit and a checkup. There's never getting around the 'gulp factor' when it's time to pay...but I feel that my pets are getting excellent, and not excessive, care."
"Your "front of the house" people are great. Miriam and the rest are efficient and courteous, and clearly know and love our dogs. Can't buy that."
"Dr. Schnoor has treated our dogs since weaning, 9 years ago. She is professional, knowledgeable and compassionate. She helped save my female dog's life a few years ago, for which I will always be grateful. Dr. Ross has been a great addition. He is also conscientious and well informed. Human hospitals could learn a lesson."
"Mid-North continues to provide excellent care and the friendliest, professional staff around. Have never met ANYONE who worked there who wasn’t customer focused and very caring."
"I really appreciated the follow up email I received from the doctor asking if I had any additional questions"
"Something I really appreciated about this office is that the woman who made my reservation for Dylan actually remembered him (and loved him) from his stay while with Feline Friends. It's nice to know that the staff are not just veterinary professionals, but also animal lovers."
"Vets and staff are superb! Never have a moment's hesitation in bringing my pets into Mid North for all their needs."
"I love the doctors and the staff... always friendly and happy to talk with you"
"We have been going to Mid North Animals hospital for over 15 years. They have cared our kitties with skill, love and TLC. Love them!"
"Honestly, I don't have a recommendation for what Mid North Animal Hospital could have done better during my dog's last wellness checkup. I love Mid North Animal Hospital. I've been bringing my dogs to Mid North for the last 20 years because Dr. Ross & Dr. Schnoor are excellent vets, the front office is terrific and now they have a beautiful new office."