The dog cleaning process is a relatively short procedure, and without any complications, a vet will usually get it done within 45 minutes to one hour.
However, if complications arise during the operation, the dental cleaning process becomes significantly longer, and it may take a vet up to four hours or more to successfully clean the dog’s teeth.
Typically, the steps required to carry out a dental cleaning procedure on a dog are detailed as follows:
Comprehensive Medical Examination
Before your vet begins the dental cleaning procedure at all, a comprehensive physical examination should be carried out on the dog to ensure it is healthy enough to undergo such a procedure.
Carrying out this medical examination helps the vet foresee any possible complications that may arise during the cleaning process. And this, in turn, helps the vet make preparations to overcome such obstacles.
Placing The Dog Under Anesthesia
Once the pooch is cleared to be healthy, vets typically begin the canine dental cleaning process by intubating and placing the dog under heavy anesthesia.
Without anesthesia, the vet will only be able to perform a limited oral examination, and the ideal dental tools can’t be used to clean the dog’s teeth.
Additionally, without the use of anesthesia, a vet can only clean the external part of a dog’s teeth, thereby leaving the critical, hard-to-reach regions located under the gum line unattended to.
During anesthesia, most vets will typically make use of an Intravenous Catheter (IV) to administer the appropriate fluids and keep the dog’s blood pressure at an optimal level.
Cleaning The Dog’s Teeth
The cleaning process involves the use of the appropriate dental tools to clear dirt that has accumulated in the dog’s mouth.
This process typically involves the use of ultrasonic and hand scalars to remove plaque and tartar from the canine’s teeth. And as a follow-up to plaque removal, the pooch’s mouth is thoroughly rinsed.
In addition to plaque removal, the dog’s teeth are polished to prevent subsequent plaque build-up; This is done to even out small etches that may form on the dog’s teeth during the cleaning process, and which may serve as a potential location for subsequent plaque build-up.
Also, while cleaning a dog’s teeth, the vet will usually attempt to check for the presence or potential occurrence of periodontal diseases with the aid of dental probes.
What Happens After Cleaning A Dog’s Teeth?
Recovery from a canine dental cleaning procedure is typically fast, and most dogs will be back to normal between 10 to 15 minutes after the entire operation. The dog is also usually left at the vet clinic for a post-cleaning observation period of 24 hours.
Additionally, there may be a need for the vet to prescribe soft dog food to feed your pooch, and this is because the pooch’s teeth may be a bit extra sensitive after surgical procedures.