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Veterinary -- Dental

I encourage anyone who needs a thorough medical cleaning to call South Athens Animal Clinic. One of their vets, Dr. Tom Nemetz, teaches dental work at UGA vet school, and is a sweetheart, too. He really helped my old collie with a rare teeth/jaw condition. A sedated cleaning is about $250; you'll also need to have lab work and dental X-rays.
Amen, amen, amen, amen. He has also done great dental reconstruction for my oldest cat, too.

Dr. Mosher is a wonderful vet, too, and the South Athens Animal clinic staff is the best. I mentioned Dr. Nemetz solo just because he's the fella who takes care of teeth for the practice.

Dr. Mosher is a wonderful vet who is caring and kind. He took the time to explain my pet's health in a thoughtful, easy-to-understand way. He and Dr. Nemetz are two really terrific vets! I would recommend South Athens Animal Clinic to everyone.

We've received several questions regarding having your pet's teeth cleaned. Since February is pet dental month, I thought that we would cover many of the concerns and issues regarding appropriate dental health for your pets.

A large portion of veterinary medicine centers on disease prevention and the overall wellness of your pet. Just like regular examinations, routine vaccinations and parasite control, proper dental care is an integral part of the overall health of your pet. Poor dental health can lead to many of the same concerns that humans face. Kidney and cardiac disease are just two of the concerns that can occur with poor dental health. Estimates of up to 80% of all of our family pets have some level of dental disease.

Pet owners can do a number of things at home to help manage and control many of the common dental problems that occur to their pets. Home brushing (which is usually introduced to the pet as a young puppy or kitten), specialized diets, and food and water additives or supplements can all help reduce the incidence and severity of your pet's dental problems. It is important to note that even with good at home management of your pet's dental health, just as with people who regularly brush and floss their own teeth, your dog or cat will need their teeth cleaned and polished at various times during their lives. The interval between cleanings varies significantly between animals.

Your veterinarian will often recommend that your pet has their teeth cleaned usually in conjunction with their regular scheduled visit. This once again reinforces the importance of having your pet examined by your veterinarian on a regular basis.

The dental cleaning itself requires general anesthesia. Your veterinarian will often recommend some pre-anesthesia blood work and evaluation prior to the procedure. The dental procedure itself is very similar to the procedure people have when they go to their dentist. Each tooth is evaluated individually, dental radiographs taken if indicated, and each tooth is scaled, polished and sealed. Some patients go home on antibiotics and pain relief afterwards.

A question arose as to the estimated cost of having a pet's teeth cleaned. The cost can vary significantly depending on the severity of disease, length of procedure, and whether dental radiographs and or extractions are needed. At our UGA College of Veterinary Medicine Community Practice Clinic, fees generally range between $125-300.00. More involved procedures like endodontic work, which is not done at our clinic, can cost significantly more. It is important to note that many of the complications and diseases associated with poor oral health can cost much more over the life of your pet.

If you have any further questions regarding dental disease in our dog and cat family members, please contact or visit us at the Community Practice Clinic at the UGA College of Veterinary Medicine.