I know, I know. It’s been too long! The past couple of months have been…well…they’ve just been. We’ve been busy with everything and nothing and now the holidays. But, as it always goes when you have a house full of pets, there has been a lot of furry activity!
On Halloween, little miss Zoey underwent her very first dental cleaning. I am pleased to share that it went off without a hitch (as most dental procedures do in the veterinary world) and her teeth cleaned up beautifully. As you know, dental care is a priority for the general health and well-being of our canine and feline family members. Dental cleanings are full anesthetic procedures just like other surgical procedures requiring sedation, intubation, and general anesthesia. The veterinary practice I work for typically recommends annual dental cleanings and bi-annual oral exams. Zoey is the last of my babies to experience her first dental cleaning and, at six and a half years old, her teeth were in the best condition – not even a trace of staining and no damaged teeth.
Despite working in the hospital and being privy to hundreds of dental cleanings over the years, I was still a little nervous about my special needs baby undergoing the procedure. This was the first time she would be going under anesthesia since she was spayed more than six years ago. But, I was able to get over the nerves because I trust our medical team and their knowledge/skill in using the dental and human-grade anesthetic equipment we have. Plus, it’s always important (and reassuring) to have pre-anesthetic blood work run to ensure that your baby is safe to undergo the procedure. Zoey’s blood work was great and her cleaning took all of 20-25 minutes. Little miss woke up comfy and cozy in her own bed set atop the warmer pad in her kennel. All in all, a successful first experience for my baby. And I am pleased with the results…even if she was a sassy-pants before surgery and bit me. The joys of motherhood, right?