Our team continues to be here for you and your cherished pets. We are OPEN and are now able to provide a wide range of services. To learn more about the changes we have implemented in response to COVID-19 and what to expect during your next visit, click here.
Dental disease is the second most common serious disease we routinely diagnose. Dental disease can lead to pain, heart disease, kidney disease, lung disease, liver disease and other conditions that threaten the health and comfort of your pet. Routine dental care and cleanings increase the quality of life and lifespan of our pets.
What types of dental care for dogs do you offer at your clinic?
We offer full dental cleaning/polishing as well as extractions with a digital dental x-ray on site. We also go through preventive dental care including home care, brushing teeth, water additives as well as dental diets. Preventative measures are the best way to prevent major dental work down the road.
How often should you brush your dog’s teeth?
If you can brush your dog’s teeth you must always use a toothpaste specifically for dogs. Human toothpaste contains fluoride which is toxic and should not be swallowed. Daily brushing is optimal, but as long as you brush your dog’s teeth at least once every 48hrs you will remove all plaque before it can become solid tartar.
Why is oral and dental health important?
Oral hygiene is an often overlooked but an important factor in your dog’s overall health. If he/she has a toothache or sore gum’s they are dealing with pain and stress that you may not even know about. Left untreated, bacteria introduced by the problem can enter the bloodstream and affect his heart, liver or kidneys. The good news? All of these problems are preventable with regular dental cleanings and professional checkups. Please give the clinic a call if you have any questions regarding your pet’s dental health.
What is included in a dental cleaning procedure?
A very important part of health care for our pets is maintaining dental health. We recommend regular dental cleaning and assessment for all of our patients. These dental procedures include pre-operative bloodwork, pain medications and intravenous fluid administration just like all of the rest of the procedures we perform at our hospital.
Kittens will get vaccinations at 8 weeks, 12 weeks and 16 weeks, then annually.
A vaccine is a substance created to incite an immune response for a particular disease. It needs to be given multiple times to a kitten to initiate his immune system.
With recent changes to restrictions on businesses, we are pleased to advise that effective May 19, 2020 the restrictions on veterinary practices have been lifted. Based on these changes, below are some important updates to our operating policies.
1. WE CAN NOW SEE ALL CASES BY APPOINTMENT ONLY
This includes vaccines, wellness exams, blood work, heartworm testing, spays and neuters, dental services, and more!
2. SAFETY MEASURES TO KEEP EVERYONE SAFE
Continue our "closed waiting room" policy to protect our clients and staff. When you arrive, please remain outside the hospital and use your cell phone to call us. We will take a history of your pet's health and discuss any concerns. A staff member will then meet you outside to bring your pet into the hospital for an examination. The Veterinarian will call you to discuss the recommended treatment plan. After your appointment, a staff member will return your pet to you outside, and take care of any needed medications and payment.
Continue the use of credit cards as the preferred payment method.
Continue with curbside pickup of food and medication (unless you have used our online store and are having your order delivered directly to your home). To place an order through our online store, visit our website and click on "Online Store".
3. OPERATING HOURS
We are OPEN with the following hours:
Monday to Friday 9:00 am – 5:00 pm Saturday & Sunday: Closed
NEW PET OWNERS
Have you welcomed a new furry family member to your home? We’d love to meet them! Visit our Must Know New Pet Owner Information page for useful resources and helpful recommendations for new pet owners.
Thank you for your patience and understanding and we look forward to seeing you and your furry family members again!
- Your dedicated team at Hillcrest Animal Hospital