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About the Pet Dental Center

Dental disease in dogs and cats is very common. Almost 85% of middle-aged or older dogs and cats are in need of some form of professional dental care.

Proper dental care helps prevent gum disease. Gum disease in pets not only causes pain, but it also shortens a pet’s life. Just like in humans, gum disease in pets causes bacteria to go into the bloodstream, which filters into the heart, liver and kidneys.

There are 4 stages of periodontal disease. Click here to view these stages.

To help combat dental disorders and keep your pet healthy, Dr. Alcorn and the entire staff at Care Animal Hospital are dedicated to providing the highest quality pet dentistry. Our animal hospital is set apart by other pet dentistries, as we have our own dental suite, as well as specialized training and experience in pet dentistry.

What Does Dental Care for Pets Include?

Dental care for pets can include ultrasonic scaling and cleaning of the teeth, polishing, and fluoride treatment. To diagnose and treat dental disorders in pets, we offer dental x-rays. Dental x-rays are taken to evaluate the bone and roots of the teeth. Tooth extractions are sometimes necessary when a tooth is mobile, infected or there is diseased bone. Diseased and mobile teeth are extremely painful.

Dental Suite at Care Animal Hospital

At Care Animal Hospital, we have a specific dental suite to accomplish our dog and cat dental treatments. Our dental suite includes state-of-the-art technology that ensures your pet stays safe during its treatments. Some of our technology includes: a gas anesthetic vaporizer, monitoring equipment, digital dental x-rays, ultrasonic cleaner and all the equipment necessary to accomplish oral surgery for your pet.

Pet Dentistry Training and Experience


At Care Animal Hospital, the doctors and technician staff have advanced training in dental cleaning, X-rays, nerve blocks and oral surgery. We have specialized training by board certified veterinary dentists and decades of experience to provide your pet with the best dental care. Dr. Alcorn started in specialized dental care in 1988 through the American Animal Hospital Association training with both veterinary and human dentists.

Why Care Animal Hospital?


At Care Animal Hospital, we offer the best full-service veterinarian care for your pet. Our premier care includes: physical examination, pre-anesthetic blood testing, antibiotic injection, catheter placement and fluids, anesthesia and monitoring, dental X-rays, oral surgery and dental cleaning, nerve blocks for extractions, post operative care and necessary medications.


Is Anesthesia Dangerous for Pets?

When it comes to safely performing dental care in pets, anesthesia is everything. The anesthetic medications used are very gentile and have minimal side effects. This includes the latest drugs that maintain blood pressure and respiration and allow your pet to be placed on gas anesthesia for the duration of the procedure. These are the same drugs used in human medicine.

Monitoring Under Anesthesia

When your pet is under anesthesia, we will constantly monitor its vital signs. Monitoring is critical to constantly evaluate your pet while under anesthesia. Our monitoring equipment is the same as in human hospitals and surgical centers. The doctors and staff are excellent in monitoring and attending to your pet during their entire anesthetic event.

What About Non-anesthetic Dental Care?



Non-anesthetic dental care for pets is dangerous and has little value. Many pets presented for non-anesthetic dental care have need of x-rays and tooth extractions. Cleaning the tartar off a tooth and making it white does nothing for gum disease and your pet’s pain. Because of the restraint that is necessary to accomplish a non-anesthetic cleaning, pets have experienced severe neck and back injuries. Often, the stress of restraint, causes a pet’s heart and other organs to be injured due to a massive release of adrenaline causing high blood pressure, because the pet feels threatened. Stroke, heart attack, acute congestive heart failure and death have been reported.

What Can I Do to Prevent Dental Disease in my Pet?


There is no substitute for brushing your pets' teeth. Toothbrushing is the best way to maintain healthy tooth and gum care. There are specific dental chews and mouth rinses that can be helpful as well. We have handouts that help explain the process of brushing and the use of chews or mouth rinses.

Read our tutorial on the best way to brush your dog's teeth.


Don't Forget Regular Dental Check-Ups


Regular dental check-ups with our doctors are necessary to insure continued oral health for your pet. Let us help keep your pet out of pain.