When dental disease is found on a physical examination, a common recommendation is to perform a “dental” on your pet. This may just mean a simple cleaning, more extensive periodontal therapy, or in some cases extractions may be needed. Normally, after an examination is performed, the need for dental therapy is discussed. If the decision is made to move forward with therapy, pre-anesthetic blood testing would be done at this point, and a treatment plan would be discussed. If there is no contraindication for the procedure to be done, a date will be set to perform the dental treatment.