disease in dogs and cats is very common. Almost 85% of middle-aged or
older dogs and cats are in need of some form of professional dental
Proper dental care helps prevent gum disease. Gum
disease in pets not only causes pain, but it also shortens a pet’s life.
Just like in humans, gum disease in pets causes bacteria to go into the
bloodstream, which filters into the heart, liver and kidneys.
help combat dental disorders and keep your pet healthy, Dr. Alcorn and
the entire staff at Care Animal Hospital are dedicated to providing the
highest quality pet dentistry. Our animal hospital is set apart by other
pet dentistries, as we have our own dental suite, as well as
specialized training and experience in pet dentistry.
What Does Dental Care for Pets Include?
care for pets can include ultrasonic scaling and cleaning of the teeth,
polishing, and fluoride treatment. To diagnose and treat dental
disorders in pets, we offer dental x-rays. Dental x-rays are taken to
evaluate the bone and roots of the teeth. Tooth extractions are
sometimes necessary when a tooth is mobile, infected or there is
diseased bone. Diseased and mobile teeth are extremely painful.
Dental Suite at Care Animal Hospital
Care Animal Hospital, we have a specific dental suite to accomplish our
dog and cat dental treatments. Our dental suite includes
state-of-the-art technology that ensures your pet stays safe during its
treatments. Some of our technology includes: a gas anesthetic vaporizer,
monitoring equipment, digital dental x-rays, ultrasonic cleaner and all
the equipment necessary to accomplish oral surgery for your pet.
Pet Dentistry Training and Experience
Care Animal Hospital, the doctors and technician staff have advanced
training in dental cleaning, X-rays, nerve blocks and oral surgery. We
have specialized training by board certified veterinary dentists and
decades of experience to provide your pet with the best dental care. Dr.
Alcorn started in specialized dental care in 1988 through the American
Animal Hospital Association training with both veterinary and human
Why Care Animal Hospital?
Animal Hospital, we offer the best full-service veterinarian care for
your pet. Our premier care includes: physical examination,
pre-anesthetic blood testing, antibiotic injection, catheter placement
and fluids, anesthesia and monitoring, dental X-rays, oral surgery and
dental cleaning, nerve blocks for extractions, post operative care and
Is Anesthesia Dangerous for Pets?
it comes to safely performing dental care in pets, anesthesia is
everything. The anesthetic medications used are very gentile and have
minimal side effects. This includes the latest drugs that maintain blood
pressure and respiration and allow your pet to be placed on gas
anesthesia for the duration of the procedure. These are the same drugs
used in human medicine.
Monitoring Under Anesthesia
your pet is under anesthesia, we will constantly monitor its vital
signs. Monitoring is critical to constantly evaluate your pet while
under anesthesia. Our monitoring equipment is the same as in human
hospitals and surgical centers. The doctors and staff are excellent in
monitoring and attending to your pet during their entire anesthetic
What About Non-anesthetic Dental Care?
dental care for pets is dangerous and has little value. Many pets
presented for non-anesthetic dental care have need of x-rays and tooth
extractions. Cleaning the tartar off a tooth and making it white does
nothing for gum disease and your pet’s pain. Because of the restraint
that is necessary to accomplish a non-anesthetic cleaning, pets have
experienced severe neck and back injuries. Often, the stress of
restraint, causes a pet’s heart and other organs to be injured due to a
massive release of adrenaline causing high blood pressure, because the
pet feels threatened. Stroke, heart attack, acute congestive heart
failure and death have been reported.
What Can I Do to Prevent Dental Disease in my Pet?
is no substitute for brushing your pets’ teeth. Toothbrushing is the
best way to maintain healthy tooth and gum care. There are specific
dental chews and mouth rinses that can be helpful as well. We have
handouts that help explain the process of brushing and the use of chews
or mouth rinses.