For most dogs a general cleaning of the teeth only requires that the dog be restrained. The Dog is usually still awake. However, With Smaller dogs it may be necessary to use anesthesia in order to clean their teeth. Since their teeth are much smaller, the process becomes more delicate. If you plan on performing teeth cleanings at your veterinary office, then here are some steps to take to handle small dogs with care.
Use an anesthesia monitor to keep an eye on vitals
If you put a small dog under anesthesia then you really need to be aware of their vitals, every minute in fact. Since smaller animals are more delicate, you need a machine that will allow you to check the blood pressure and pulse of the animal. Its important to have another technician with you anytime you are performing a procedure with anesthesia so that they can keep an eye on the health of the animal through the monitor.(If you need help finding anesthesia equipment, Click Here)
Make sure you have the right lighting
When it comes to cleaning the teeth of animals, regular room lighting is not enough. Proper operating room lighting as well as the right lighting sources are a must so you can see the teeth appropriately. The success of the cleaning will depend much on how well you can see plaque and buildup so that you can clean properly. Remember to upgrade the lighting inside your operation room so that you have the right lighting to guide your surgical work. A great place to set a light is right near the mouth of the animal, in a safe position, during the operation.
Have a comfortable table
While its always good to make sure your table is sterile, it is also equally important to make sure the dog is comfortable on it too. Search around for operating tables that are like the ones you would find in a doctors office. Take for example a stainless steel table. It can be cold, hard and uncomfortable for a dog to lay there for an hour or more, but having a covering on top of the table with help dramatically. To keep the table clean though, make sure you keep a stock of hospital linens and change them after each animal. Before and after each operation, make sure the linens are washed with bacteria killing chemicals and be sure to clean the equipment with sanitizing equipment.
By following these simple yet effective steps you'll be sure to providing delicate pets with the care they need.