Dentistry at La Crosse Veterinary Clinic

Pet Teeth Cleaning (Dental Prophylaxis)

Here at La Crosse Veterinary Clinic, our teeth cleaning procedure—also known as a dental prophylaxis—involves not only thoroughly cleaning the teeth, but preventing oral infection and disease as well. For every teeth cleaning we perform, we monitor each pet’s vital signs before, during, and after treatment. We also use warming pads and fluids for added comfort throughout the entire treatment.

Our dental prophylaxes involve a three-phase process, detailed below. You can also print our Explanation of an Itemized Dental Treatment Plan and Dentistry at La Crosse Veterinary Clinic handouts for more information.

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Pet Teeth Cleaning Calendar

Phase I: Pre- Pet Teeth Cleaning

Prior to beginning dental treatment, we perform pre-anesthetic blood work to ensure that your pet is healthy before being anesthetized. Then we place an IV catheter, which is used for short acting induction anesthesia, pain relief medications, fluids, and any additional medications or anesthesia needed during the procedure. Lastly, we place a breathing tube to begin anesthesia administration.

Phase II: Pet Teeth Cleaning Procedure

The pet teeth cleaning procedure includes the following seven steps:

  1. We begin by examining the entire mouth, noting any signs that may indicate an infection.
  2. Next, we examine the mouth tissue above and below the gum line to look for irregularities.
  3. To view structures below the gum line and determine if there are any hidden abnormalities, we take digital dental X-rays of the mouth.
  4. We clean the teeth using an ultrasonic scaler, which removes tartar deposits and smoothes the area under the gum line.
  5. After the teeth are cleaned, we polish them to correct any minor surface imperfections.
  6. Next, we use an antiseptic rinse to remove any remaining debris from the mouth and to freshen your pet’s breath.
  7. We then use a fluoride application on the teeth to seal and protect the enamel.
Phase III: Post-Pet Teeth Cleaning

After your pet’s dental treatment is complete, we remove him or her from anesthesia and continue to monitor them until they are fully awake and for several hours after that. At that time, we will contact you to notify you of your pet’s status. When we discharge your pet, we will give you before and after pictures, along with instructions and recommendations for at-home dental care. If necessary, we will also provide medication such as antibiotics or additional pain relief.

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Dental Health Products and Diets for Animals

To keep your pet’s mouth healthy between dental treatments, La Crosse Veterinary Clinic recommends products that are approved by the Veterinary Oral Health Council. These include a wide selection of dental chews, anti-plaque products, dental sealants, and a number of diet food products. Products are awarded with the VOHC seal if they are proven to effectively help control plaque and tartar.

Both my cats love the service here. Never want to leave even after shots. Ladies at the front desk are always friendly. Vets are great. Highly recommend.

-Tina P.

Dr. Skime and Krissy are fantastic! My 6 month old golden retriever ingested sugar free gum and was in pretty serious condition when I brought her in after hours. They worked so hard to bring her back to us:-). Our whole family thanks you for all you do (and Miss Lena too!)!

-Kerry W.

Our Sophie, a new German Shepherd rescue, loves Dr. Mitzelfeldt and staff! They were very kind and welcoming, helping us enter and leave the office without coming into contact with other pets, which helped Sophie stay calm and focused. Thank you for the wonderful care.

-Nancy D.

We've been going to La Crosse Vet Clinic for many years. They have been excellent! I commend them for being very understanding, kind and professional during difficult times. Five stars in our book!

-Dee M.

I love the staff at La Crosse Vet clinic! They are always extremely friendly and helpful, and never make me feel like I'm asking a stupid question, or bothering them with all of my, sometimes off the wall, questions! Thank you for taking such wonderful care of my pets! 

-Tiana & Dan R.

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