So hello folks from Johnson Vet Services. Thanks for your attention. I put together a video that talks about how dental health / dental cleaning benefits a dog’s life. Especially the older dog. And especially the older dog with a rotting mouth that’s “too old to anesthetize” – – meaning: The ones that actually need it the most.
At Johnson Vet Services it’s simple. First, see me and I will advise you HONESTLY whether your dog even needs a dental. I think one of the reasons I’ve never had a dental fatality is because:
I don’t do dental unnecessarily so I reduce my exposure.
I know which cases to bypass and truly NOT risk.
We’re good at anesthetizing old dogs and we use an anesthetic protocol (balanced neuroleptanalgesia) that costs 700% more than gas anesthesia but is THE reason I’ve never had to call someone and say “We had an anesthetic “reaction” (read, overdose/casualty)”
Then you would schedule the dental cleaning. You’d bring your dog in on the morning of the procedure and drop off. We may or may not check organ function. Depends on the age. I’ll perform another examination “just to be sure” and then we anesthetize the pet. They’re only down a half hour tops and we inspect, then clean all the teeth. We’ll remove (sometimes sectioning) any teeth which are severely diseased, loose, or “going to be next year’s problem”
Pets go home on pain medications, anti-inflammatory meds and sometimes, antibiotics.
Costs can be estimated by calling 770 977 5377
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Dr Erik Johnson is a Marietta, Georgia Veterinarian with a practice in small animal medicine. He graduated from University of Georgia with his Doctorate in 1991. Dr Johnson is the author of several texts on Koi and Pond Fish Health and Disease as well as numerous articles on dog and cat health topics.