Dr. Baum, what is the right blood test timing for dog dental work?

In Ask Dr. B column, Dr. Baum discusses reasons and treatment for cat gum disease, in answer to plea from cat owner, Help! My cat has green gums!

Dear Dr. Baum —

I know we need blood tests before taking our dogs in for teeth cleaning, and we had bloodwork done during a recent exam. How long do we have before the blood tests are not good for the dental work?

Anna, Kansas City, KS

Dear Anna —

Blood test timing for dog dental work involves making sure results can be viewed in a timely manner for dental work, which may involve anesthesia – the tests are a pre-anesthetic screen. Generally these blood tests are good for three months, but the time can be longer or shorter depending on the age and health of the particular animal.

Dr. B

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For more information on your pet’s dental health care, please read pet dental health care tips. For more about pet teeth cleaning, please click cat teeth cleaning. This Q&A from Dr. B offers more for our cat-loving friends on cat gum disease.


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