Is it necessary for my dog to undergo blood work prior to its teeth cleaning?


As a responsible dog owner, you want to ensure that your furry friend is in good health. One aspect of dog health that is often overlooked is oral health. Many dog owners assume that teeth cleaning is a simple procedure that does not require much preparation. However, veterinarians recommend that dogs undergo blood work prior to teeth cleaning. In this article, we will discuss why blood work is necessary before teeth cleaning.

Dental Issues

Dental issues are common in dogs, and they can have serious consequences. Poor oral health can lead to gum disease, tooth loss, and even systemic infections. In fact, studies have shown that there is a link between oral health and the overall health of your dog. Dogs with poor oral health are more likely to develop health issues such as heart disease, kidney disease, and diabetes.

Pre-Surgical Blood Work

Veterinarians recommend blood work before teeth cleaning for several reasons. First, blood work helps to assess the health status of your dog. By analyzing your dog’s blood, veterinarians can identify any underlying health issues that might affect the procedure. Second, blood work helps to determine the correct anesthesia dosage for your dog. Anesthesia is necessary for teeth cleaning, and the correct dosage depends on your dog’s health status. If your dog is not healthy, the anesthesia dosage may need to be adjusted.

Mary Allen

Written by Mary Allen

Hello, I'm Mary! I've cared for many pet species including dogs, cats, guinea pigs, fish, and bearded dragons. I also have ten pets of my own currently. I've written many topics in this space including how-tos, informational articles, care guides, breed guides, and more.

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