When Do We Refer You to Your Vet?

We refer our clients to veterinarians when their dog’s dental care requires more extensive work. We’re happy to have you in to look at your dog’s teeth ourselves, but we thought we could save you some time and the trip by showing you some examples of teeth that we would refer to a veterinarian first. That way, you can go in to see your veterinarian first, and then we would love to have you in after to continue maintaining your pet’s teeth with our anesthesia-free dog dental cleanings. As always, feel free to contact us on social media, by email, or a phone call if you would like to discuss your dog’s teeth cleaning with us.

Take a look at the pictures below for some examples of dental issues that require treatment by a veterinarian.

#1. Pus, recession, & bulbous tartar

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The #1 arrow is showing possible pus. You can see the white substance just above the tartar build-up. Pus is an indication of infection, which definitely requires veterinary attention. The #2 arrow points to the high arch of gum recession on the canine tooth. The #3 arrow shows the premolars and the bulbous tartar covering the entire tooth.

#2. Recession & red gums

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The #1 arrow outlines the lack of connectivity of gum tissue to the tooth. It also shows that all 3 teeth almost appear as one. Also, notice the deep redness of the gum (almost purple). For reference, we’ve included a picture of these gums against two pictures of healthy gums so you can see the difference. Notice that pigmentation (shown in the bottom pic) is perfectly healthy.

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We’ll be adding new photos as we get them. And remember, if you decide you should see your vet first, we always welcome our clients back after their anesthesia dental work to continue maintaining their dog’s dental care with our non-anesthesia methods. Additionally, if you do come in for an appointment and we do refer you to your vet, there is no charge for the appointment.

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