Houndstooth’s Non-Anesthetic Dental Treatment

Most small dog breeds are impacted by dental disease at an early age. Some larger breeds such as greyhounds are also impacted with aggressive dental disease. These  breeds should receive dental cleanings 3-4 times a year to prevent the establishment of bacterial colonies that quickly progress towards dental disease. While this toxic load is building your pet’s healthy immune system is attempting to defend against the onslaught.  You may have noticed this defense happening along the pet’s gum line.  Its called gingivitis or inflammation.   If these bacteria colonies are permitted to grow  unchecked the immune system will eventually  become overwhelmed.  The surrounding tissue starts to breakdown and the bacteria will gain more and more access into the blood system.  This toxic overload migrates and can  settle in the heart, liver and kidneys.  There is also some evidence in humans that it may also be associated with the inflammation related to dementia. 

Unfortunately, for decades veterinarians have only had  a one-size-fits-all dental protocol that was established in the 70’s.  Forward thinking vets have struggled with the hazards of this protocol. They knew the damaging effects of dental disease and the hazards of anesthesia.  This left them unable to prevent or halt  the progression of dental disease or the damage  that was occurring elsewhere in the body. 
Houndstooth gave them that freedom. Vets can now start pets early for prevention, care for senior pets that would have been turned away because of age, medically compromised pets and schedule follow up care for pets that recently had oral surgery to remove diseased teeth. 

Houndstooth gave veterinarians the flexibility to offer a 360 degree approach to your pet’s dental care.
Pre-surgical cleaning to shorten anesthesia time when time is a concern.
Quality-of-Life Care is reserved for medically compromised pets. Where dental disease is present but oral surgery is not possible. In these cases our intention is to reduce the bacterial load on the immune system.

By including a multi-level approach to dental care your vet is now able to introduce regular dental care before disease is present. But also giving them away to protect against the reoccurrence after oral surgery has been preformed to remove disease.  Thus, eliminating the need for your vet to wait until disease is present  to perform oral surgery. This service can be provided to most pets, including pets with medical conditions (See our Quality-of-Life Care procedure).