A: Your pet has just had his teeth cleaned to remove tartar and bacteria from the teeth and under the gums. When necessary, any loose or diseased teeth may have been extracted. Your pet’s teeth were thoroughly cleaned to provide them with a smooth surface to help in the prevention of tooth decay. Regular cleanings are necessary to ensure the health of the teeth and gums.
If extractions were done, we advise feeding wet/canned food (or dry food softened with water) for 7-10 days. If sutures were placed after extractions, they will dissolve within 3-5 weeks. However, a recheck of your pet is recommended 2 weeks after the dental. Sometimes pets do not feel like eating that evening but the appetite should return by morning. If your pet vomits after eating, do not give any food until the next morning.
To maintain healthy teeth, we recommend daily brushing, oral hygiene chews, and prescription dental food. These procedures prevent problems, such as plaque and tartar buildup.
Please visit Veterinary Oral Health Council for more information about tartar control for your pets.