Does your pet have dental disease?
Many pet live with infected and painful teeth without showing any signs of discomfort. This is why regular dental exams are so important. If you have ever had a toothache, you know how badly they can hurt.
Signs of dental disease include:
- Avoids chewing on one side of the mouth
- Reluctant to eat hard food or stops chewing on hard treats
- Moves away when head or mouth is touched
- Bad breath
- Red gums
- Tartar visible on teeth
- Swelling on the face
- Infected teeth can also cause infections elsewhere in the body, including the heart, liver, kidneys, bladder, skin and joints.
A proper dental cleaning and exam will require general anesthesia. It is impossible to thoroughly clean the teeth and examine the mouth in an animal that is not sedated. We often find growths or sores in the mouth that would be missed without a thorough visual exam. A dental exam is not complete without full mouth x-rays. Many pet teeth have roots bigger than the tooth itself, and the only way to examine the entire root is to take an x-ray. Pet x-rays are done the same way that you get x-rays when you go to the dentist, the problem is getting the pet to hold still – this is where anesthesia becomes necessary. We use the safest drugs available and provide constant monitoring while your pet is anesthetized in our clinic. In addition, all patients receive IV fluids, homeopathic support, laser therapy to enhance healing and pain management as needed. We will also advise you on proper diet and home dental care to help keep your pet’s mouth healthy after the procedure.
First, a veterinarian evaluates the health of your animal and evaluates recent laboratory work to ensure that anesthesia is as safe as possible. Next, your animal is given a light sedative to relieve any anxiety and to ensure that induction to anesthesia is smooth. An IV catheter is placed to allow your animal to receive fluids under anesthesia. These fluids allow your animal to stay hydrated as well as to maintain adequate blood pressure while under anesthesia. Your animal is then placed under anesthesia. Blood pressure, heart rate, respiratory rate and body temperature are monitored regularly. Full mouth dental x-rays are taken to evaluate the tooth structure under the gum. Next the teeth are cleaned using an ultrasonic technology. The teeth are clean above and below the gum. Next a full oral examination is performed to find any gingival pockets, loose teeth, fractured teeth, abnormally colored teeth, masses or other abnormalities. Based on the findings of the x-rays and oral examination a treatment plan is created. This plan may include extraction of teeth, placement of antibiotic gel in gingival pockets, and mass removal. A veterinarian will then call you to discuss treatment options and associated costs. Together you will decide the best course of action for you and your pet. After the treatments are performed, your animal is recovered and at this time, we will call you and let you know that your animal is awake and well. We will also schedule a time for you to pick up your animal.
At Belleview Animal Clinic we have designed affordable wellness packages with services that includes a complete array of necessary care designed to help pets live longer through proactive healthcare. Making the right decisions for your pet’s health now will help them live longer, healthier lives. Prevention of diseases as well as early detection can make a huge difference in the longevity and overall health of your pet, and that is what a wellness plan is designed to do. We want to do everything possible to help your pet live the longest, healthiest life possible.
Adult Pet Wellness Plan
Puppy/Kitten Wellness Plan (Under 12 Months of Age)
Traditional diagnostics are often essential to fully evaluate your pet’s condition. Outward symptoms may not be apparent until a disease process is quite advanced.
Bloodwork is a very important way of looking inside your pet and evaluating the function of internal organs, blood cells and the endocrine system. It is a valuable aid if you pet is sick to help with the diagnosis, as well as a way to establish a valuable baseline if your pet is healthy. This is especially important in older animals as things can change internally before we ever see symptoms develop.
We also perform bloodwork before any procedure requiring anesthesia. This will help assure that your pet is healthy enough to eliminate the medications given during the procedure
Lumps and bumps
Have you ever found a lump on your pet and wondered what it was? We can help you find out. We can do either a simple needle aspirate (performed during your office visit), or a complete surgical excision and biopsy for a more complete diagnosis. Either way, we will give you the information you need about your pet’s lump or bump.
We take x-rays to get an inside look at joints, bones, internal organs and the spinal column. We also take dental x-rays to identify problems with teeth that are not obvious on casual exam. Click here for more information on dental care. We will discuss the benefits of x-rays in your pet’s case to help you decide if this is a valuable option
Dr. Jennifer Grimm, with Diagnostic Imaging, is a board-certified radiologists that provides our clinic with advanced diagnostics and information regarding radiographic imaging. They bring mobile ultrasound to our clinic, which is a live imaging technique used to help diagnose your pet when it is sick. Her availability can vary, so call our office to schedule an appointment. For more information about Dr. Grimm and Diagnostic Imaging visit their website at http://diagnosticimagingforanimals.com/Jen%20bio.html
Echocardiagrams are an ultrasound of the heart, which is a live imaging technique used to help diagnose heart disease.
This is a chemical and microscopic examination of your pet’s urine to check for infection, evaluate kidney function, and check for signs of other disease such as bladder stones or diabetes.
A microscopic examination of your pet’s stool will check for internal parasite and certain disease-causing microorganisms
Skin and Ear
A microscopic exam of the skin or ear will reveal the presence of mites or yeast.
This is a test that will grow ringworm and other fungal infection to determine if this is a cause of skin disease in your pet
We are committed to giving your pet the best possible care. Although we offer a variety of alternative treatment options, we find that sometimes traditional medical becomes necessary and in the best interest of your pet. We will provide the best of all treatment options in order to help your pet. We always start with a complete physical exam – please see below for more detailed options.
Physical exams are important for pets of all ages. Young pets need to be checked for proper weight, growth, and development. Pets age much more quickly than humans do. By age two, many pets have almost reached adulthood. At age four they are entering middle age, and by age seven many dogs are entering their senior years. We recommend exams every 6 months to keep your pet in optimal health and detect health problems early. Our exams include checking teeth, ears, eyes, heart, lungs, abdomen, muscles, joints, and skin. In addition, we will do, if indicated, blood work, x-rays, blood pressure, or ultrasound diagnostics.
Sick pet exams
Whenever your pet is showing symptoms, we are here to help with diagnosis and treatments. In addition to a complete physical exam, we will perform any necessary diagnostics such as bloodwork or x-rays.
We are here to help whenever your pet has a sudden injury or illness. During regular office hours, please call our office first so that we know to expect you. If you have an after hour’s emergency, please view our list of quality referral clinics on the Client Center page.
New client exams
We provide more than most clinics to all of our new clients, including:
- A complete historical review, including past medical records, diet and vaccine history.
- Dietary recommendations specific for your pet
- We provide a vaccine recommendations based on your pets needs and risk of exposure
- Behavioral advice if needed, including referrals to qualified trainers and behaviorists
- A complete physical exam
In addition, we allow adequate time to answer all of your questions about your pet’s care. For more details, please visit the Client Center page.
This is a special exam for pets that have been seen by another veterinarian and you are looking for alternative treatment options. We charge a bit more for this exam due to the time involved in reviewing records, contacting former veterinarians if needed, and discussing treatment protocols.
It is very helpful if we can receive past records 72 hours prior to the visit so the doctor has adequate time to review them prior to your visit. You can fax or e-mail directly, or we are happy to contact your other veterinarians on your behalf to request the records transfer.
We recommend waiting until 8-10 weeks of age for the first vaccination, and only give vaccines for the diseases that your puppy is likely to contact. We give parvo and distemper as separate vaccines, which can be given at the same time, or at weekly intervals to minimize stress on the immune system. We then recommend a booster vaccination 4-6 weeks later. We then booster at 3 year intervals to to keep your pet current.
Antibody titers may be checked at the time a booster is due to see what level of protection your pet already has.
A detoxification protocol is available to help your pet process the vaccinations and minimize adverse effects
Rabies is given at 6 months of age and boosted at 3 year intervals. We provide lyssin, a homeopathic remedy to specifically help eliminate the effects of the Rabies vaccine.
Bordetella vaccination may be given if required by boarding or daycare facility
The Same High Quality at a Lower Price
Spaying or neutering your pet can provide both health and behavioral advantages. In addition, we recommend altering your pet to prevent accidental breedings that can add to the already large stray pet population. We offer full service spaying and neutering care at reasonable prices along with some holistic perks to help keep your pet extra-comfortable. We recommend waiting until at least 10 months of age to spay or neuter your pet — read why here: Early spaying and neutering.
Our spay and neuter packages include all of the following:
- Bloodwork—Essential to be sure that your pet is healthy enough for anesthesia and surgery
- IV fluid therapy—Maintains proper hydration and blood pressure during spaying and neutering
- Heated surgery table—Maintains proper body temperature during spaying and neutering
- Surgical monitoring—A veterinary nurse will be assigned to your pet to monitor anesthesia and vital signs
- Laser therapy—Reduces healing time, inhibits infection, and reduces swelling
- Homeopathic remedies—Reduces swelling and pain, aids in recovery from anesthesia
- Essential oils—Help your pet relax and recover more easily from anesthesia
Dr. David T. Matthiesen provides the Belleview Animal Clinic with specialized surgical care, including Orthopedic, Neurologic, Oncologic, and General surgery. He received his Veterinary Doctorate degree from Colorado State University in 1979, followed by an internship at the West Los Angeles Veterinary Medical Group and a residency at the University of Pennsylvannia. He became a Board Certified Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons in 1986. Dr. Matthiesen offers a wide range of surgical expertise along with many years of clinical experience to provide your pet with optimal care, should the need for surgery arise.
We also perform a lot of orthopedic surgeries related to hip dysplasia and disc disease. Please contact us if you have any questions about these procedures or if you think your pet might benefit from them.
Probably the most common soft tissue surgery performed on pets is the removal of masses, or lumps. Most of these masses, once removed and tested, are found to be benign (nonharmful); however, occasionally they are more serious. Early removal and accurate diagnosis of a lump is necessary to improve the outcome in your pet if the mass is cancerous.
If your dog suffers from frequent ear infections, surgical intervention can reduce their occurrence by improving airflow into the ear canal.
Surgery can also help resolve several problems related to the eyes. Tearing in your pet’s eyes can mean an infection is present or may be a sign that the cornea (outer layer of the eye) has been damaged. Surgery may allow the cornea to heal faster with less scarring, improving your pet’s ability to see. In some pets, the eyelashes may actually damage the cornea. Surgical intervention improves comfort in these pets, reduces the chances of corneal scarring, and enhances the pet’s vision in the long term.
Please contact us if you’d like to discuss how soft tissue surgery might be able to help your pet.