We understand that the decision to allow you beloved companion to undergo surgery is never an easy one. Despite the confidence we have in our team’s abilities, our equipment and facilities, we know that surgery is difficult for both you and your pet. This is why we work as hard as we do to ensure your pet’s procedure is as comfortable and stress-free as possible.
Perhaps the most important pre-surgical step we take is to discuss why we believe a particular procedure is necessary and what it entails. We also provide information on proper postoperative care and answer any questions you may have so that you feel comfortable that you are making the right choice for your pet.
We believe that our personal attention to each patient and client, coupled with our experience, is what makes our pet surgical services unique. At Mountain View Animal Hospital, we take additional safety precautions, provide extensive monitoring and exceptional pain control to all of our surgical patients.
It is important for you and your pet to receive care in a friendly, welcoming environment from people you both have come to know and trust in order to reduce stress and promote healing.
At Mountain View Animal Hospital, our veterinarians and staff are focused on preventing illness whenever possible. Nothing makes us happier than seeing our furry patients and their families leaving our hospital, after a wellness exam, with a clean bill of health. However, that’s not always possible. Should your pet require advanced veterinary care, we have the knowledge, experience, and resources necessary to address his or her needs.
Diagnosing and treating medical issues in pets requires a compassionate veterinary team that will listen to you and work with you and your pet to achieve resolution. Our staff is dedicated to being that team. We utilize our facility, laboratory and radiology equipment, other resources and highly trained staff as efficiently as possible to help your pet feel better. Whether it is dental disease, skin issues, ear trouble or a serious illness, we can help your pet get on to the road to recovery.
Dental Cleaning and Radiographs
The most common disease in dogs and cats is periodontal disease. By age three, 80 percent of dogs and 70 percent of cats have it. Periodontal disease is a progressive inflammation of the supporting structures surrounding the teeth and is the main cause of early tooth loss, mouth pain and oral infections. It is caused by bacteria and their toxins destroying the teeth and gums. This bacteria can also cause heart, liver, kidney, lung and gastrointestinal disease or organ failure.
Cats and dogs do not show oral pain the same way people do partly because of their instincts to eat in order to survive and to not show illness. We know that these dental problems do cause pain, just as it does in people, but the problem can be quite severe before we can detect it in our pets. One of four cats age 5 or over have at least one oral resorptive lesion. Unfortunately, this painful condition is often undetectable to the naked eye. Without the help of X-rays, most cat owners don’t even know their pet is suffering.
Although a basic oral examination can be done on patients that are awake, anesthesia is required in order to provide a thorough exam to look at all aspects of the tooth. Through anesthesia, we are also able to clean under the gum line where the harmful bacteria are present and take X-rays of to view the health of the roots and supporting bone.
At Mountain View Animal Hospital, we understand the value of regular home dental care and the need for professional dental cleanings to keep your pet’s mouth and teeth healthy. The frequency of cleanings will vary with the pet’s age, breed, overall dental health, and the level of home care you are able to provide.