13 Oct Are Anesthetic Teeth Cleanings Safe for Cats?
Anesthetic teeth cleanings are a common veterinary procedure for cats. While there are inherent risks associated with anesthesia, especially for older cats or those with underlying health issues, the benefits of a thorough dental cleaning often outweigh the risks.
Dental disease in cats can lead to various health problems, including pain, difficulty eating, and potentially life-threatening conditions such as heart and kidney disease. Regular dental cleanings can help prevent these issues and maintain your cat’s overall health and well-being.
Before performing any procedure involving anesthesia, our veterinarians will conduct a thorough pre-anesthetic evaluation, including blood tests and a physical examination, to assess the cat’s overall health and ensure they can tolerate the anesthesia. During the procedure, your cat’s vital signs are closely monitored, and appropriate measures are taken to manage pain and ensure a smooth recovery. Although our technicians are specially trained in anesthesia, Apex has the option of having a Board Certified Anesthesiologist run your cat’s procedure.
It’s important to discuss any concerns you have with us ahead of time, we can provide you with specific information about the risks and benefits of dental cleanings for your cat based on their individual health status. Regular dental check-ups and cleanings are an essential part of maintaining your cat’s oral and overall health, and your veterinarian can help you develop an appropriate dental care plan for your furry friend.