Ruby has yearly physical examinations. On this years exam mild dental calculi and tartar were noticed. Based on her age, breed and heart murmur status it was decided that a routine dental cleaning would be in her best interest.
After her exam pre-operative blood work was done and she was scheduled for general anesthesia and a scale, polish and oral cavity exam.
Dental disease is best diagnosed by an examination of the mouth (gums, teeth, odor, etc) by your veterinarian.
For dental cleanings and surgery at my clinic, Jarrettsville Veterinary Center, I recommend an i.v catheter, i.v. fluids, and intubation so that patients can be placed under general anesthesia so a complete oral cavity exam can be done.
Here is Ruby’s dental cleaning break down;
i.v. catheter $40
i.v. fluids $50
i.v. fluid pump $25
propoflo induction $60
scale and polish grade 2 dental $95
injectable anti-nausea medication $26
Ruby’s story is posted with her parents permission.