Excellent Dentistry Services, Spay, and Neuter Surgeries
Complete Dental Care for Both Dogs and Cats
We provide complete dental care for both dogs and cats. Pets are silent sufferers. For this reason many pet owners do not initially notice at home or report any signs of dental pain to their veterinarians. However many pet owners, after professional veterinary dental care surprisingly and pleasantly report their pets are obviously more comfortable, have increased appetite and are more active after dental care.
We have all the capabilities that your own dentist has, so we can thoroughly clean your pet’s teeth. A high speed ultrasonic water scaler is used to remove all tartar, and clean below the gum line. Then a polish is applied to the teeth, and finally a fluoride treatment to help desensitize any exposed dentin, inhibit plaque formation, and strengthen tooth enamel.
Digital dental X-rays will be taken if needed to help the doctor see the health of the teeth below the gum line and therefore identify the diseased teeth so they know which need to be extracted. Whatever disease you see above the gum line is also happening and progressing below the gum line. The real problem occurs when the bacteria in plaque and tartar spread below the gum line in pockets.
These bacteria plus the toxins they produce break down bone and supporting tissue that hold the teeth in place. Because this isn’t visible, the effects of periodontal disease can go undetected while your pet’s health is slowly compromised. By removing this tooth or teeth we can help decrease your pet’s pain and minimize the risks associated with periodontal disease, such as tooth root abscess and nasal infection. Periodontal disease has also been linked to many systemic disease problems, including kidney, liver, and heart disease.
If any extractions are performed, we will always use pain management injections or local nerve anesthetic blocks and send owner’s home with some pain medication to have if their pet seems painful.
According to the AVMA (American Veterinary Medical Association) it's estimated that by the age of 2, 80% of dogs and 70% of cats have some form of periodontal disease. Dental disease is not only painful but can actually shorten a pet’s life span by 3-5 years. Contact Dix Hills Animal Hospital today.
Extensive Spay and Neuter Surgeries
We routinely perform spays and neuters. We recommend that this should be performed when the puppies and kittens are 6-7 months old but can be done at any age. We do not do this procedure when an animal is “in heat.” A “spay” is a complete ovariohysterectomy. We make an abdominal incision large enough to visualize and ligate vessels in order to remove the ovaries and uterus. The abdomen is closed, and the skin is closed with a subcuticular pattern—which is the use of dissolvable sutures within the skin, so there are no visible sutures, the animals are unable to bite them out, and you don’t have to come back to have the sutures removed.
A “neuter” is the complete removal of both testicles. There is a small incision made in the skin just in front of the scrotum. The testicles are removed and the vessels ligated. The skin is closed with a subcuticular pattern as described above. We recommend pre-anesthetic blood work for all dogs and cats undergoing a spay or neuter (see preoperative blood work).
We monitor all animals’ heart, respiratory rate, and oxygen level with the use of a monitor. We have a nurse on staff to directly monitor these parameters. All animals also receive IV fluids to maintain normal blood pressure during surgery.
Some puppies have “deciduous” (baby) teeth at the time of their surgery. These teeth should have fallen out, and prevent other adult teeth from growing in correctly. We will extract these teeth after their surgery while they are still anesthetized.
All animals receive pre and postoperative pain medication. They are monitored while waking up from surgery—vitals are taken every 5 minutes until they are sitting up. We recover all patients with a heat pad or heat lamp, so they are warm when they wake up from anesthesia (which drops their body temperature). For small or petite puppies, we perform postoperative blood sugar monitoring to prevent against hypoglycemia. We also give them oral dextrose (sugar) once they are awake and sitting up.
We usually discharge all spays and neuters the same day so they can be home comfortable with their owners. We often give pain alleviating medicines for the pets that the owners can carry in case the pets need it at home. We will have detailed discharge instructions written out for you and a staff member will review them with you.
Early spaying of female dogs and cats can help protect them from some serious health problems later in life, such as uterine infections and breast cancer. Neutering your male pet can also lessen its risk of developing benign prostatic hyperplasia (enlarged prostate gland) and testicular cancer. If there are any problems or concerns when they go home, we are always available to answer questions.
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"I absolutely LOVE the doctors and staff. They are so kind to all of my pets. They treat them as if they were their own. They always follow up when one of them is ill. They send cards for birthdays and even losses. They truly care. You can always get an appointment and each doctor is great. You don't have to ask for 1 specific doctor. I have used them for all my cats and dogs and recommend them highly!"
Dix Hills Animal Hospital has been providing the most reliable and high-quality pet health care services for more than 50 years.
Our doctors have designed safe and effective preventative protocols to allow your pet to live a happy and safe life. We offer same-day appointments.