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Pet Dental Cleaning: Chaya Goes To The Vet

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Pet Dental Cleaning: Chaya Goes To The Vet

Pets need dental care too!

It is easy to overlook your pet’s oral health. Most pet owners will rarely catch a glimpse of their furry friend’s teeth. Out of sight, out of mind. But it’s extremely important to keep an eye on your pet’s dental hygiene and take steps to prevent excessive tartar buildup or infection. Poor oral hygiene can lead to many conditions such as heart disease, kidney failure and more as the bacteria which build up in the mouth have easy access to the bloodstream through the gums. Dental disease in cats and dogs is quite common. Over 85% of dogs and 70% of cats over the age of 3 experience some form of dental disease.  Pet Dental cleaning is an important way to keep your fur baby’s teeth and gums healthy.  

Chaya’s Day at the Dentist

Our office pup Chaya is only 2 years old, but she was already showing signs that something was not right in her little mouth. She had bad breath and her parents started to see some moderate tartar built up and tooth discoloration. It’s no wonder why Chaya’s coworkers were avoiding sitting beside her!

As is fairly common with smaller breed dogs, not all of Chaya’s adult teeth erupted from under the gumline. She has never been a big fan of chewing things either and getting her teeth brushed was always a challenge.


Before and During Dental Cleaning Procedure

Chaya went for a vet visit so they could check her little mouth. Because cleaning involves the use of anesthetics, she had to get some blood work done to make sure she was healthy and wouldn’t have any issues while getting her teeth cleaned. After her blood work came back all good, the procedure was scheduled for a couple of weeks later.

The dental cleaning process went really well and it only took about 30-40 minutes. One of Chaya’s baby teeth didn’t surface completely and it didn’t end up falling out. The vet recommended having it removed while she was under the anesthetic, so it wouldn’t cause any issues in the future.

Why is Anesthesia needed?

dental xrays

Dental x-rays cannot be performed without the use of anesthesia. 

A thorough dental cleaning with an anesthetic is very important. There are many services offering anesthesia-free cleanings, but these cleanings are purely cosmetic. The ‘root’ of the problem cannot be addressed. It is very important that tartar be cleaned from beyond the gumline. As you can see in this example, the teeth look like they have some moderate tartar, but no major issues. Once an x-ray is taken, it becomes very obvious that the teeth are very diseased and damaged. Dental x-rays cannot be performed without the use of anesthesia. 


Veterinarians also use equipment similar to that which human dentists use. This equipment can make all sorts of noises that can be very unnerving to pets. Attempting to thoroughly clean a pet’s teeth with this equipment without an anesthetic puts the pet at risk of injury. 

After the Dental Cleaning Procedure

Chaya was very groggy and whining a bit for the rest of the night, she didn’t want to eat much either, as she was a bit nauseated from the anesthetics. The first day was a bit tough on her little body, so her parents had to give some extra TLC. So don’t worry if you’re pet seems out of sorts, but if they continue to show lethargy for more than 48 hours, contact your vet right away.

The following day though, Chaya perked up and even came to work with her mom. For the next couple of days, Chaya only ate soft food to make it easier for her to chew and digest it.  As she had a tooth removed she couldn’t have any kibble or chewy toys for a couple of days, until the stitches dissolved.

chaya teeth - dental cleaning
dental cleaning

Chaya’s teeth look nice and clean now and her breath has improved tremendously. Everypawdy wants to give Chaya hugs and kisses all the time.

Supplements Chaya is taking after her dental cleaning:

  • NHV Yucca: as a natural anti inflammatory supplement and it help relief discomfort.
  • NHV Milk Thistle: to detoxifies her liver and kidneys from the anesthetics

How can you prevent dental disease in your pet?

  • Brush your pet’s teeth often, ideally daily
  • Mouth Drops for cats and for dogs promotes mouth health and it can freshens bad breath
  • Give them chewing treats and bones to help clean their teeth
  • Make sure your vet does a thorough dental exam with each visit
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Published: February 15, 2019

4 replies

  1. Kathy says:

    I took my 12 yr dog to a Specialist in Dental in Knoxville Tn. It was a major upset for me and a horrible outcome for my little guy.
    After the dental I found they did not do the nessary bloodwork and did not run antibotics before, during or after. He developed a horrible infection that was treated by his regular Dr. with 2 rounds of antibiotics and 3 office visits. 300 plus dolars and not including the 1300.00 for the regular cleaning that included 3 teeth pulled.
    The outcome was this ..a few weeks later he developed a spot on the eye not sure what it was but a form of ulcer. He went blind, lost his hearing. On month 8 he was making sounds of a snorting sound and his abdomen was swelled. I took him for ultra sound and upper endoscopy. I went to pick him up and they found adrenal cancer on adrenal glands .
    I am still upset with this Specialist in Knoxville that to this day never called to find out how my dog is. Her assistant knows the whole story though. Its all about money! I want to know why this new form of denistry when a dog needs antibotics they refuse it.
    Im very disappointed that this dentist came recommended and she has other offices out of state that does not care other than collecting her money. Today and 4 months later I am trying to keep my little guy comfortable as possible. Im using ES Clear, Milk Thistle, MEDICINAL Mushrooms along with a homemade diet.
    As far as Im concerned this Denal Specialist needs a slap on the wrist and I trully feel had she ran bloodwork my baby wouldn’t have been though most of this..

    1. NHV Natural Pet Products says:

      Hi Kathy,

      We are so sad to hear you had that experience at the Dentist, but we are so happy you trust us enough to help and we hope these supplements make your sweet pups days easier.
      Please feel free to let us know if you have any more questions, we are always happy to help!

      Yours in wellness,

      Team NHV Natural Pet Products

  2. Ashley breaux says:

    My boy has the same issue.exceot right now hes fighting for his life. I adopted him at two years old off the streets. He hS forever changed my life. As you know ratties have those horrible allergies that required prednisone shot. Then about a year ago they warned me that it was bad for his heart. So they put him on heart medication for congestive heart failure. Now hes developed his honk again. Just out of the blue. Its back with a vengeance. I am searching for anything to help him survive this congestive heart failure and collapsed tracea. Any suggestions. I’ll keep their short I hope someone gets back with me I ran across your ad last night I watched a lot of YouTube videos last night and that said that [product name removed] would help. So again I’m gonna go back to my sweet boy paco and keep him comfortable. I made him some chicken, rice and herbs like cumin, oregano, added some olive oil coconut oil and some celery, all that I had in the house. I am disabled, awaiting a scary neck fusion bedridden out of fear for the last 4 years. This boy Paco is my heart. I had his teeth cleaned last year, they seemed to only get worse. Now this. I shoulda taken him back and done this.does your product re as lly help like the utube videos say. Im desperate, destitute, disabled, but can become an Xwomen if need be. Afterall I am a ratties mama

    1. Team NHV says:

      Hi Ashley,

      We’re sorry we didn’t get back to you sooner on the comment you left on Pet Dental Cleaning: Chaya goes to the vet blog. How is your sweet boy doing as of late?

      We’re really sorry to hear about his allergy, congestive heart failure, collapsed trachea cancer. We can only imagine how uncomfortable it must be for her. We’re sorry to learn you’ve been waiting for a long time for the neck fusion surgery. We know how important he is to you and you are doing everything you can to give him his best life. We’d like to be there to help you support him however we can. ♥

      We have a regimen that can help to support him against the health symptoms

      Hearty Heart is our main heart health support; it can help to manage heart palpitations and improve the blood flow. It also has antispasmodic properties to help relax the heart muscle naturally and gently.

      We have Turmeric that has natural anti-inflammatory properties that can help to support his body against the pain and inflammation from the allergy flare ups, CHF symptoms and collapsed trachea symptoms

      Resp-Aid is our main respiratory supplement that can help to support your little one’s lungs and ease the congestion in the chest and nose. It is our main recommendation for collapsed trachea.

      Stimmune can help to support the weakened immune system and balance their body’s histamine response naturally. It can help to reduce the swelling and production of excess mucus in the nasal packages and help support his body against the allergy symptoms.

      Here’s a blog we have on collapse trachea that can give you a better understanding on how to better support your girl with the herbs

      We also recommend switching him to a hypoallergenic diet as it’s usually free of general allergens, additives and preservatives

      We’re always just a message away if you need anything or have any questions, our pet experts are always happy to help you support your boy! Sending your sweet pooch lots of love and healing vibes.

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