Anchorage Pet Dental Care
At Hillside Pet Clinic we understand the important role that healthy teeth play in the overall health of any pet; therefore, much of our professional time is spent in this area. Basic care includes routine cleaning (prophylaxis) for dogs and cats.
Hillside Pet Clinic is one of three clinics in the greater Anchorage area to provide advanced dentistry services in the form of endodontics. Whether your dog or cat requires braces to correct tooth alignment or has a cracked tooth that needs a root canal, we can do it!
Advanced care for cats and dogs also includes vital pulpotomies, restorative dentistry, and complicated surgical extractions. We utilize state of the art intra-oral digital radiography to perform many of these procedures. We have had an interest in and have emphasized this area of practice for over 25 years.
Exotic -Small Mammal Dentistry
Guinea pigs, rabbits, and chinchillas can have serious threats to their health from overgrown teeth. We have the equipment and expertise to handle these concerns properly.
Dental Disease Prevention
Your pet's dental health is an important part of his or her overall health. Dental disease is the most common disease in dogs and cats in the United States. Dental health problems can lead to more serious conditions such as infections and heart or kidney disease. Many pets with untreated dental disease suffer from chronic pain and premature aging (often acting older than they should). Some symptoms which can indicate serious dental problems include bad breath, plaque build-up, gum irritation and redness, loose teeth, tooth discoloration and swelling in the jaw area.
The American Animal Hospital Association recommends annual oral examinations after the pet is a year old. Dental cleanings for adult dogs are performed under general anesthesia. In addition to regular exams and cleanings, there are some things you can and should do to help promote good dental health in your pet. Feeding your pet a hard, kibble-type pet food, providing appropriate chew toys and brushing his teeth are just a few ways to keep your pet's teeth healthy in between professional cleanings.
Dental disease can be easily prevented by visiting your veterinarian regularly for dental examinations and cleanings.
The American Animal Hospital Association recommends regular oral examinations and dental cleanings, under general anesthesia, for all adult dogs and cats. A veterinarian should evaluate your pet’s dental health at least once a year. This is recommended because bacteria and food debris accumulates around a pet’s teeth and, if left unchecked, will lead to deterioration of the soft tissue and bone surrounding the teeth. This decay results in irreversible periodontal disease and even tooth loss. We can recommend and demonstrate preventative measures you can begin at home. Our wellness program emphasizes and explains how you can avoid costly dental procedures with your pet in the future.