By: Dublin Animal Hospital  05/12/2011
Keywords: Dogs, Veterinarian, Exotic Pets

 We have gone to great extremes to create a facility that directly addresses the special needs of exotic birds, reptiles, and small mammals such as ferrets and rabbits. Our goal is to maintain the highest level of care for our patients, continually searching for the latest insights into techniques, technology, and knowledge. Below is an outline of the medical services that we have designed to care for your pet efficiently and thoroughly. At Dublin Animal Hospital, we emphasize the importance of preventive care for your animal.

  • Early Morning drop off
  • In house laboratory-blood work
  • Dentistry- ultrasonic teeth cleaning
  • General soft tissue surgery
  • Small animal medicine
  • Vaccinations
  • Radiology
  • Geriatric Care
  • Experienced Avian Medicine and Surgery
  • Expertise in small mammals and other exotic pets

Preventive care:

Wellness examinations, vaccinations, heartworm checks/prevention
Surgery: Routine Spays and Neuters, soft tissue,  and abdominal surgery.
Dentistry: Routine cleaning and polishing, x-ray, oral surgery.
Diagnostics: In-house testing for heartworm, feline leukemia, feline immunodeficiency virus, intestinal parasites, exfoliative cytology, complete blood counts, and urinalysis. (outside reference lab support with 24 hour turnaround)
Radiology: Plain and contrast x-ray studies.
Hospitalization: Observation, medical treatment, intensive care.

While your pet's "smile" is beautiful to you, a recent study indicated that 85% of dogs and cats over one year have the beginnings of periodontal disease but only 3% of dogs and 1% of cats get treatment. Periodontal disease causes more than just "dog breath." It can lead to increased risk of heart, liver and kidney disease.

"Periodontal disease is currently the #1 diagnosed problem in dogs and cats over age three," said Jack O. Walther, D.V.M., President of the American Veterinary Medical Association. "Bacteria, combined with saliva and food debris between the tooth and gum, can cause plaque formulations on the tooth, which turns to tartar. If not removed from the teeth, pockets of infection may appear along the gum line, separating the teeth from the gum. If untreated periodontitis can lead to tooth loss and the infection caused by the disease may enter the bloodstream, potentially infecting major organs," Dr. Walther explains.

A simple three-step program can keep your pet healthy and you smiling:

Step 1:

Visit your veterinarians for a complete check-up:

Your pet can't tell you if he has a toothache but your veterinarian can.

Your veterinarian can determine if tartar build up has started and the appropriate course of treatment what treatment.

Step 2:

Start a pet dental care routine at home:

Begin brushing your pet's teeth at home. It is best start them on routine brushing programs early but adult animals can be taught to tolerate brushing.

Use a specially designed pet toothbrush or soft gauze.

There are specially formulated toothpastes for pets. Toothpaste for humans may upset your pet's stomach.

Step 3:

Continue regular veterinary check ups:

Discuss your pet's dental care and diet with your veterinarian.

Watch for warning signs of dental disease such as bad breath, a change in eating or chewing habits, or depression between visits.

Keywords: Dogs, Exotic Pets, Veterinarian

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