Dental disease is the most common clinical condition occurring in adult dogs and cat. By three years of age, 70-80% of dogs and cats have some evidence of dental disease. Unfortunately, other than bad breath, there are few signs of the disease process evident to the owner, and professional dental cleaning and periodontal therapy often comes too late to prevent extensive disease or to save teeth. As dental disease progresses, the bacteria in the oral cavity of a pet with dental disease can be released into the circulatory system and travel throughout the body. This can cause damage to cardiac tissue and lead to endocarditis. The bacteria can also invade kidneys, causing damage to the glomerulus membranes, causing them to function improperly and can cause functional changes in the liver of dogs. Studies in humans have linked periodontal disease to a variety of health problems including poor control of diabetes mellitus and increased severity of diabetic complications.
If your pet has tartar or large amounts of plaque present, professional dental cleaning is required, which includes a thorough oral examination, scaling and polishing. Dental radiographs are required to correctly diagnose and assist in treatment of patients with extensive disease. Much can be determined by closely evaluating the visible surfaces of your pet’s teeth, and even more by probing around the teeth for signs of gum and bone loss. But, comparable to the situation with icebergs, much more tooth (and information) lay below the surface. And it is only with radiographs that this important additional information can be learned.
For best in practice dental care, dental X-rays are mandatory. Most of the tooth lies below the gingival or gum surface and its health cannot be appreciated until an X-ray is taken and reviewed.
Immediately after a professional dental cleaning, the tooth surfaces should be very clean and smooth just like they feel after you get your teeth cleaned, but within hours plaque is already starting to accumulate on those freshly cleaned surfaces so daily brushing is the best way to control plaque and maintain good gingival health.
At Shaker Square Animal Hospital all our dentals include pre-anesthetic blood work, IV catheters, Fluid therapy during anesthesia, full mouth dental X-rays and a post-operative laser therapy to decrease inflammation of the gums.
TOOTH ROOT ABSCESS
CORTICAL BONE LOSS
TOOTH ROOTS REMNANTS AFTER EXTRACTION
We are proud to provide Cleveland, OH and surrounding communities with state-of-the-art veterinary surgical procedures. We believe in utilizing the highest level of medical technology, and our surgeons are experienced and highly trained.
At Shaker Square Animal Hospital in Cleveland, OH, we are proud to be on the cutting edge of medical technology. Radiology is a technique and diagnostic tool that we use to look inside the body in an entirely non-invasive way. X-rays allow us to create images of all the body's organs.
Spay And Neuter
Spaying and neutering are important and necessary medical procedures that enhance the quality of your pets' life. Not only does spaying and neutering have positive effects on your pets' health, it's also vital to controlling the homeless pet population.
Every year, thousands and thousands of pets go missing. Not knowing where your pet is or how to bring them back can be a helpless, hopeless feeling. It's a tragedy that happens all too often. But there is a simple, safe, and effective way to ensure your pet's safety and retrieval should they ever become lost.
At Shaker Square Animal Hospital in Cleveland, OH, we believe that one of the most important aspects of caring for your pet's health is vaccinating him or her against possible diseases. There are a variety of diseases which affect our pets, and other animals, so proper vaccination is vital to protecting them from many types of illnesses.
Routine wellness examinations are the foundation for maintaining optimal health in our furry family members. At Shaker Square Animal Hospital, we use an integrative approach to maintain a balance in all aspects of your pet's life. This includes appropriate vaccinations, parasitic control, dental screenings, behavior evaluations, screening tests, and nutrition evaluation. A wellness examination is also a good opportunity to note any changes, such as weight gain or loss or other subtle changes that may not be evident at home. Sometimes, information obtained during a wellness examination can help detect early signs of illness and address health issues before they progress.
A wellness examination is also your chance to have us address your questions or concerns about your pet. We welcome your questions. No question is too small or too silly, and it is our pleasure to address your concerns. We strive to help you understand your pet's health considerations, and we encourage you to be involved in decisions regarding your pet's health care.
Finally, wellness examinations help us establish a relationship with you and your pet. Through your pet's physical examinations, other wellness procedures, and our consultations with you, we get to know your pet and learn about his or her lifestyle, personality, health risks, home environment, and other valuable information. We encourage you to take an active role in your pet's health care by scheduling yearly wellness exams.
Obesity is a common problem among pets, as it can be easy to overfeed a cute dog or cat that knows how to beg. Being overweight is a serious problem for animals, and can cause real health problems. With proper diet and exercise, all pets should be able to meet their dietary needs and stay within a healthy weight range.
Pets with behavioral problems can often pose a frustrating challenge for pet owners. However, through behavioral consultations we can correct unwanted behaviors and enrich both your life and your pets' life. To learn more about how behavioral consultations can help your pet, please contact us today at (216) 417-4625.
The idea of your pet being infested with parasites is a disturbing thought, but it's also a medical issue that can have serious consequences if not properly dealt with or prevented. Parasites pose a variety of health issues for our pets, who can be very susceptible to certain parasites depending on age, region, and other factors.
Ultrasound uses sound waves to offer a non-invasive, painless, and radiation-free method of imaging your pets' internal organs. Providing this service is one of the many ways that we show how dedicated we are to providing your pet with the best care possible.
Our hospital provides a wide variety of in-house diagnostic testing with the most state of the art technology available. It is our goal to provide your pet with the highest level of care possible, and our diagnostic tools help us do that.
Did you know that pets age faster than people and can be considered "seniors" at around 7 years of age? Just as our health care needs change as we age, your pet's health care needs also change. Nutritional needs, exercise habits, and many aspects of your pet's daily routine can change as your pet ages. Some health issues that affect older pets can begin with very subtle changes that may go unnoticed until the problem has become serious. The best way to help protect your senior pet is through yearly wellness visits, routine wellness blood work and other routine diagnostic to evaluate how your pet's health is either responding to current management strategies or changing with age.
At Shaker Square Animal Hospital, we take a holistic approach to your senior pet's wellness using western medicines when necessary but also incorporating alternative modalities like acupuncture and herbal medicines to keep them healthy and comfortable. We encourage you to take this opportunity to have us address any of your questions or concerns about your pet, and to be involved in decisions regarding your pet's health care.
Older pets make wonderful companions, and thanks to advances in veterinary medicine, pets are living longer than ever! You are an important ally in your senior pet's health care. We are here to help ensure that your pet is safe and happy throughout their "golden years."