8130 S. HOUGHTON RD., STE. 110 - TUCSON,ARIZONA 85747 | (520)624-6100        

Adult Pets

When your pet is in the age range that is considered "adulthood" in pets-usually between the approximate ages of 1 year and 7 years, depending on their breed and adult size-their care will often focus on preventive maintenance to ensure that they maintain their health for years to come. During your pet's adult years, we offer:

  • Annual physical exams
  • Complete preventive care
  • Dental check-ups and professional cleanings
  • Diagnostics to uncover hidden health concerns
  • Exercise counseling
  • Nutritional counseling
  • Parasite prevention
  • Parasite screening
  • Surgery, if needed
  • Vaccinations
  • Weight control
  • ...and more

Some of the most important parts of adult pet care are often the most overlooked. At Rita Ranch Pet Hospital, we emphasize the importance of annual physical exams and dentistry as some of the most critical parts of your pet's health care.

The Annual Physical Exam

During your pet's annual physical, we examine your pet from nose to tail and everything in between. We check to examine:

  • Ear health
  • Eye health
  • Lumps and bumps
  • Oral health
  • Proper function of organs, joints, nerves, etc.
  • Skin and coat condition
  • ...and more

Checking your pet regularly for abnormalities allows us to keep ahead of the game when it comes to your pet's ongoing health. If we discover areas of concern, we are able to treat them quickly and efficiently, and when we find aspects of your pet's health that need a little work, we can be proactive about prevention. Pet dentistry is one of these critical areas. A clean mouth is the window to a healthy body while an oral cavity that is filled with tartar and plaque can lead to disease, not just in the mouth but in the rest of the body as well!

Pet Dentistry

Your pet's oral health is one of the most important areas for concern in adult pets. During each annual physical, we will examine your pet's oral cavity to make basic assessments about their dental health. If we see problem signs in our initial examination, some of which may include bad breath, tartar and plaque buildup, red or swollen gums, or loose teeth, we will prescribe a professional dental cleaning.

During the professional dental cleaning, your pet will be anesthetized so that we can examine the oral cavity thoroughly. In those annual examinations when your pet is awake, we are not able to delve as deeply into their problems and their needs as we would like. The professional dental cleaning affords us the opportunity to be thorough in our examination.

The Professional Dental Cleaning

Before your pet receives their dental cleaning, we perform pre-anesthetic blood work to ensure that your pet is healthy enough to be anesthetized safely. During their cleaning, they will be fitted with an IV catheter and fully monitored with an attending veterinary technician as well as equipment that tracks fluid, blood pressure, heartrate, body temperature, electrocardiogram, and more. The dental cleaning will consist of:

  • Full mouth x-rays
  • Periodontal probing
  • Removal of tartar and plaque on the surfaces of teeth and below the gum line
  • Polishing of tooth surfaces
  • Removal of diseased teeth, if indicated
  • Home care instructions for released patients

The Importance of Ongoing Home Care

After your pet has been released from their dental cleaning, it takes approximately 48 hours for plaque to begin building up on their teeth again. Smaller dogs, as well as dogs with more elongated or shorter noses, are even more prone to tartar and plaque development. With smaller dogs who have smaller teeth, loss of the tooth through buildup removal is much more serious as well!

Our team is committed to educating pet owners about proper at-home oral care methods to ensure that the good work completed during the professional dental cleaning is not lost! We can work with you closely to manage your pet's oral health, keeping them safe for years to come.