All Creatures Animal Clinic offers full-service veterinary care, from routine physical examinations and vaccinations to emergency and critical care. We offer unparalleled surgical, X-ray, endoscopic, and ultrasound evaluation services. Dental services are described in detail below.
In addition, we offer the following alternative therapies to help better manage degenerative and chronic health conditions.
In our continuing effort to bring you the latest in animal wellness we are pleased to announce that All Creatures Animal Clinic is one of the only hospitals in central Florida with a certified Animal Chiropractic Doctor on site. Dr. Latter can perform many different kinds of adjustments for your pet, which can be useful in managing back pain and neck pain, as well as improve joint mobility. Set up a consultation to see if chiropractic is right for your pet.
Laser Therapy accelerates the body’s natural healing process through photo-bio-modulation. Laser therapy is effective in treating chronic conditions, acute conditions, and post- surgical pain and inflammation.
• Non-Pharmacologic Pain Relief
• Effective for Difficult Conditions
• Alternative to Surgery
• Fast Treatment Times
• Easy, Comfortable, Non-Invasive Treatment
We are the only veterinary clinic in the area with a Hydrotherapy Pool. Hydrotherapy is fantastic exercise for nearly all dogs, from puppy to geriatric, athlete to sofa snuggler, healthy to recuperating from surgery or physical ailment, four legged and amputees, dogs with arthritis, neurological issues, or who have dysplastic hips or elbows. It helps to build and maintain muscle mass, increase range of motion, improve circulation, relieve pain, stiffness and swelling, and provides mental stimulation. And of course, it is fun!
Dental procedures, which improve the longevity and quality of your pet’s life, can be confusing. The following information should be helpful in your decision regarding dental care.
Unlike human dentistry, pets require general anesthesia for all procedures. Because of this difference, modern canine and feline dental care can be divided into 3 phases:
1) Pre-anesthetic exam and blood work
3) Dental procedure
4) Post-anesthetic care and home dental care
A routine dental prophylaxis (prophy) is performed to prevent dental disease in pets and humans. This is recommended yearly or as needed for pets that have good home care and proper diet. This is also what the human dental hygienist does for you. Unfortunately, most frequently when animals are presented for a prophy, sometimes referred to as “teeth cleaning”, dental disease is already present. As with people, there is a wide variation in dental health among pets.
Gingivitis, loose teeth, abscessed teeth and periodontal disease are common findings. The severity of these conditions cannot be fully assessed while the patient is awake and a general anesthesia is required for a complete oral examination.
Your pet’s health and quality of life depends on preventative veterinary dentistry and good home care between veterinary visits. We want to work as a team with you to promote a long and happy life for your pet. Let’s go through the normal procedure for professional dental care in pets.
What We Will Do:
1) Pre-Anesthetic Exam and Bloodwork:
These are essential to assure your pet is healthy for general anesthesia and the dental procedure. Part of the evaluation is establishing the level of periodontal disease. This is graded (staged) on a scale from 1-4.
The cost of the dental procedure is based on the grading (staging) which is a reflection on the amount of surgical time and equipment required.
First, an intravenous catheter is placed in your pet’s leg before anesthesia. This maintains adequate venous access during the procedure and allows fluids and injections to be given without further stress to your pet.
A pre-anesthetic injection is given to help sedate your pet, provide pain control and reduce nausea.
General anesthesia is induced. Anesthesia is maintained by the same gas anesthetics used in human hospitals. We use modern and safe protocols that allow pets to wake up minutes after the procedure is finished. To ensure safety, one of our hospital technicians monitors your pet using pulse oximetry, blood pressure measurement, C02, cardiac (EKG) and respiratory monitors. Body temperature is maintained throughout the procedure with a warm-air blanket. Intravenous fluids will be administered during anesthesia to maintain blood pressure and assure proper hydration.
3) Dental Procedure
We will remove all tartar from the teeth above and below the gum (subgingival) using both ultrasonic and hand scaling instruments. After the tartar is removed, we will use dental probes to determine if there are any periodontal pockets which indicate loss of attachment of gum and bone to the tooth. Dental radiographs will be obtained to determine if any disease exists below the gum line. Approximately 20% of the time, disease is found with dental x-rays that cannot be detected with examination only.
After a full evaluation, if a tooth cannot be salvaged without chronic pain or disease, it will be extracted. When painful procedures are performed, a local nerve block (similar to one you would get from your dentist) is administered to control pain in the operative and post-operative period. After extraction, the gum tissue is sutured over the extraction site with dissolvable sutures. At the end of the dental procedure, we will polish the teeth using fluoride polishing paste to brighten and smooth tooth surfaces. We will then flush and rinse the teeth using an antibacterial rinse.
4) Post-Operative Period
After the procedure, antibiotics may be prescribed and additional pain medications will be sent home if needed along with follow up care. If oral surgery is performed, there may be a follow up appointment 2-3 weeks post op.