• The doctors at Hidden Valley Animal Clinic will do everything possible to preserve and maintain the health of your pet’s teeth. During the course of the examination and cleaning, loose or decayed teeth may be found. Unhealthy and decaying teeth can lead to further health complications for your pet including, but not limited to heart disease.

    Teeth that need to be extracted are usually either 1) loose or 2) infected. The purpose of dental care for pets is to help them retain as many teeth as possible. However, if your pet has loose or infected teeth they should be extracted for health reasons.

    1. Loose Teeth: Teeth that are loose have pockets between the tooth and the gum that holds food particles. Bacteria will grow in the decomposing food. Everytime the animal chews, bacteria is showered into the bloodstream. This creates increased risk of heart and lung disease and puts a continual strain on the immune system.
    2. Infected Teeth: These teeth have abscesses at the root of the tooth. As this abscess enlarges it erodes the surrounding bone of the jaw causing the adjacent jawbone and adjacent teeth to also become weakened and infected.

    If, in the doctor’s professional judgment, these teeth should be removed do you give your consent?

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