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Doggie Dental

They don’t sit in the dentist’s chair, but they do lie on the table.

The Local paid a recent visit to St. Marks Veterinary Hospital to watch animals undergo dental work, from x-rays and blood-work to cleanings and extractions.

Though some dental tools are similar to a human’s, animals are put under anesthesia to be treated, and are sometimes covered in blankets to prevent hypothermia as their heart rates change.

It’s a complex process, but an important step in preventing serious damage to the kidneys or heart. If a pet has bad breath, trouble eating, or excessive drooling, it may be time to book a dental.