The South Haven Animal Hospital Team has a special interest in surgical procedures and all members are well practiced in their role to aid in properly completing many different procedures and the necessary protocols to assist the Doctor and patient successfully.
Here is a list of the surgeries South Haven Animal Hospital can complete for your patient while safely under anesthesia:
Trauma Repair Surgeries
Dental Prophylaxis (cleaning)
Other Oral Surgical Procedures
Umbilical Hernia Repair
Various Orthopedic Surgeries
Intestinal surgeries (Foreign Body)
Bladder stone removal
Periodontal disease is the most common dental condition in dogs and cats – by the time your pet is 3 years old, he or she will very likely have some early evidence of periodontal disease, which will worsen as your pet grows older if effective preventive measures aren’t taken. Early detection and treatment are critical, because advanced periodontal disease can cause severe problems and pain for your pet. Periodontal disease doesn’t just affect your pet’s mouth. Other health problems found in association with periodontal disease include kidney, liver, and heart muscle changes.
It starts with plaque that hardens into tartar. Tartar above the gumline can often easily be seen and removed, but plaque and tartar below the gumline is damaging and sets the stage for infection and damage to the jawbone and the tissues that connect the tooth to the jaw bone. Periodontal disease is graded on a scale of 0 (normal) to 4 (severe).
The treatment of periodontal disease involves a thorough dental cleaning and may require extraction(s). Dr. Martens and/or Dr. Kostiuk will make recommendations based on your pet’s overall health and the health of your pet’s teeth, and provide you with options to consider.