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Voted Best Veterinarian for in Columbia County for 2014 and 2016, in the Columbia County Chamber of Commerce and Columbia-Greene Media Contest!
We at Mountainview Animal Hospital, strives to provide the best quality veterinary medical and surgical care for your pet. We couple this with a truly caring attitude and a friendly, knowledgeable staff that wants to keep your pet healthy and safe.
Mountainview Animal Hospital is a three Doctor practice that serves pets and their owners in the Hudson area. The hospital is set up for both complete outpatient and in-hospital care for your pet. Mountainview Animal Hospital also provides a full range of surgical procedures for your pet.
******************WE'RE GETTING A HEAD START ON FEBRUARY'S PET DENTAL MONTH!*****************
During Pet Dental Month we will be offering a 20% discount off "routine" dental cleanings.
What is veterinary dentistry, and who should perform it?
Veterinary dentistry includes the cleaning, adjustment, filing, extraction, or repair of your pets' teeth and all other aspects of oral health care. These procedures should be performed by a veterinarian or a board-certified veterinary dentist. Subject to state or provincial regulation, veterinary technicians are allowed to perform certain dental procedures under the supervision of a veterinarian.
The process begins with an oral exam of your pet’s mouth by a veterinarian. Because most dental disease occurs below the gum line, where you can’t see it, a thorough dental cleaning and evaluation are performed under anesthesia. Dental cleaning includes scaling (to remove dental plaque and tartar) and polishing, similar to the process used on your own teeth during your regular dental cleanings.
Why does pet dentistry require anesthesia?
When you go to the dentist, you know that what’s being done is meant to help you and keep your mouth healthy. Your dentist uses techniques to minimize pain and discomfort and can ask you how you are feeling, so you accept the procedures and do your best to keep still. Your pet does not understand the benefit of dental procedures, and he or she reacts by moving, trying to escape, or even biting.
Anesthesia makes it possible to perform the dental procedures with less stress and pain for your pet. In addition, anesthesia allows for a better cleaning because your pet is not moving around and risking injury from the dental equipment. Although anesthesia will always have risks, it’s safer now than ever and continues to improve so that the risks are very low and are far outweighed by the benefits. Most pets can go home the same day of the procedure, although they might seem a little groggy for the rest of the day.
Have your pet’s teeth checked sooner if you observe any of the following problems:
*broken or loose teeth
*extra teeth or retained baby teeth
*teeth that are discolored or covered in tartar
*abnormal chewing, drooling, or dropping food from the mouth
*reduced appetite or refusal to eat
*pain in or around the mouth
*bleeding from the mouth
*swelling in the areas surrounding the mouth
Causes of pet dental problems:
*broken teeth and roots
*abscesses or infected teeth
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.
What can I do at home for my pet’s oral health?
Prevention of the most common oral disease in pets consists of frequent removal of the dental plaque and tartar that forms on teeth that are not kept clean. Regularly brushing your pet’s teeth is the single most effective thing you can do to keep their teeth healthy between dental cleanings, and may reduce the frequency for periodic dental cleaning by your veterinarian.