One of the most commonly overlooked yet most important areas for maintaining your pet’s good health is oral and dental care. A regular routine of care for teeth above and below the gumline can dramatically extend the life of your pet. Soldotna Animal Hospital recommends preventive care as the key to maintaining your pet’s long-term oral health.

At every exam, your pet’s mouth will be thoroughly checked for:

Doctor cleaning a patients teeth
  • Correct bite
  • Jaw injury
  • Abscesses
  • Gingivitis
  • Fractured teeth
  • Damage to enamel
  • Plaque and calculus build up

We will make recommendations to maintain or improve oral health. Your pet might need a professional cleaning, or prophylaxis, for his or her teeth. We’ll show you how to brush your pet’s teeth and may make other recommendations that can keep the teeth cleaner.

In addition to cleaning, we provide periodontal services and extractions. Because these surgical solutions require up-to-date information on the latest techniques, our staff participates regularly in dental seminars to improve their knowledge.

Digital Pet Dental X-Rays

Soldotna Animal Hospital relies on digital dental X-rays to help us assess the condition of your pet’s mouth and teeth. This type of imaging allows a view of the state of teeth both above and below the gums. Digital technology produces images almost immediately that can be displayed on a computer screen so that we can see every detail.

Prophylaxis: Part of Your Pet’s Regular Routine

Regular prophylaxis helps keep your pet’s teeth and gums healthy. The teeth are scaled, removing plaque and calculus. The final step is polishing so that bacteria have no place to hide.

Professional Anesthesia for Your Pet

Just as we do in surgery, whether we are performing a cleaning or extraction, we will perform pre-anesthetic blood tests before we administer any medication. General anesthesia ensures that your pet will have no anxiety and will not move during the procedure. Intravenous catheters are placed and IV fluids are given to all dental patients. Veterinary technicians closely monitor patients until they are fully recovered.