At Alpine Animal Hospital, we are committed to maximizing the quality and longevity of your pets’ lives. Because the mouth and teeth are vitally important for general health, we emphasize dental health as a priority. Studies show that over 80% of dogs and cats over the age of four suffer from periodontal disease which is where plaque and bacteria from around the gum line cause pain and inflammation and weaken the connection between the tooth and the gums. Not only does periodontal disease cause bad breath but it can lead to tartar build up, pain, lost teeth, and over time can lead to disease in the liver, kidneys, heart and lungs. According to the American Animal Hospital Association, dogs and cats should receive annual oral examinations as well as a dental cleaning under full, general anesthesia starting at one year for cats and small-breed dogs and at two years of age for large-breed dogs. The team at Alpine Animal Hospital strives to prevent such disease by starting dental care during the early stages of your pet’s life so they will have the best chance for a long and healthy life.
Our systematic service enables us to optimally meet our patients’ dental needs while tailoring their care to their people’s wishes. From periodontal prophylaxis to oral surgery, our scope of care is sure to fulfill any need that may arise. We are a full-service hospital and have a state-of-the-art diagnostic laboratory. We also work collaboratively with Dr Louise Marron at Companion Dentistry and Oral Surgery to ensure your pet has access to specialty dentistry treatment options that are performed in our facility.
As with many things, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. An annual professional dental cleaning for your companion offers the best chance to avoid periodontal disease and resultant tooth loss. Additionally, we encourage you to take an active role in maintaining your companion’s dental health between professional dental cleaning procedures. That allows you to be familiar with their mouth so you will recognize problems such as broken, loose, or discolored teeth, bleeding gums, or oral tumors without delay. All animals deserve to have a functional, pain-free mouth, and we will help you ensure that yours enjoys that right as well.