The extraction of teeth in the dog and cat require specific skills.
In this chapter the basic removal technique for a single rooted
incisor tooth is developed for multi-rooted and canine teeth. Deciduous
teeth and feline teeth, particularly those affected by odontoclastic
resorptive lesions, also require special attention.
Good technique requires careful planning. Consider if extraction
is necessary, and if so, how is it best accomplished. Review the
root morphology and surrounding structures using pre-operative radiographs.
Make sure you have all the equipment you need, and plan pre and
By the end of this chapter you should be able to:
the indications for extracting a tooth
the differing root morphology of dog and cat teeth
able to select an extraction technique and equipment for any individual
of potential complications and how to deal with them
able to apply appropriate analgesic and other treatment.