“Dr. Michaels has always been a very caring person which helps to make her the excellent vet that she is. She listens to us when we explain why we are there. She treats our dog with compassion. We never have to worry about the care our dog receives while she is at Crossroads. ”
— Bob and Julia C.
Among the ways in which we can care for our pets, few things are more important than oral and dental care, one of the most commonly overlooked areas of pet health care. In fact, the American Veterinary Dental Society reports that 80 percent of dogs and 70 percent of cats show signs of oral disease by age three.
Numerous studies have tied oral health to longevity; a good regime of oral health care can promote your pet's overall wellness as dental disease doesn't affect just the mouth - it can lead to more serious health problems including heart, lung and kidney disease, which makes it all the more important that you provide your pets with proper dental care from the start.
There are two critical components of your pet's veterinary dental care: oral examinations and dental cleanings. Veterinary dental care begins at the puppy and kitten life stage. All puppies and kittens are examined for problems related to the deciduous (baby) teeth, missing or extra teeth, swellings and oral development. As your pet ages, we look for growth abnormalities, the accumulation of plaque and tartar, periodontal disease and oral tumors. In addition, we instruct you on the best way to help care for their teeth and gums at home, the most important part in dental health!
Basic oral examinations are performed on animals that are awake. However, when necessary, a short-lasting anesthetic is required in order to provide a complete and thorough examination as well as for all dental cleanings. We provide dental cleanings and dental treatments that include a complete oral examination and ultrasonic scaling, polishing, fluoride application, charting of each tooth for problems and Oravet Sealant (upon request), as well as digital x-rays and tooth extraction when necessary. When the pet is discharged at the end of the day, a technician provides the owner with a detailed report of the dental treatment and any recommendations for at-home care, which the veterinary technician will demonstrate to the owner if needed. If more advanced dental care is needed, orthodontics, root canals, caps etc., we will refer you to a qualified specialist.
Rememberů pets can live longer, healthier lives if oral health care is managed and maintained throughout their lives.