Surgical and Dental Procedures

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Protecting Your Pet’s Oral Health

Oral health is one of the most fundamental aspects of your pet’s well-being that goes far beyond bad breath and dental disease. Poor oral health can be one of the leading causes of kidney disease and/or heart failure, so it is extremely important to us that we provide the best possible dental care for your pet at every age.

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Pet Dentistry

At Central Veterinary Hospital, caring for your pet's overall well-being is our utmost priority, which is why we have expanded the offerings of our practice to include comprehensive dental care. It has been estimated that some 85 percent of pets over 4 years of age have developed some form of dental disease. This can affect so much more than just your pet's oral health, but can be a leading cause of heart or kidney disease. 

Your pet's first dental appointment will include an examination of their tongue, gums, and palate, as well as their teeth. We use similar instruments as human dentists to scrub away tartar and discolorations, and we utilize subgingival scaling to clean thoroughly under your furry friend’s gums. After their teeth cleaning, your pet will be checked for signs of periodontal disease. 

Bad breath is one of the most recognizable symptoms of the need for dental care. Bacteria and plaque buildup in the mouth can cause a lingering odor. Other signs of poor oral health include drooling, vomiting, and pain while chewing. If you notice any of these symptoms in your pet, call us at (510) 797-7387 to schedule their dental examination.

Our skilled veterinary team will work alongside you to carry on your pet's oral care at home, in addition to their regular dental wellness visits. Together, we can help protect your pet's overall health,  prevent dental and gum disease, and treat any oral concerns that may arise. 

Comprehensive Surgical Care

At Central Veterinary Hospital, our compassionate and comprehensive surgical care goes beyond the procedure itself. Our advanced anesthetics, individual attention, and post-operative therapies ensure your pet's safety both before and during the procedure, optimizing their comfort as we support you both during recovery and healing. 

Spay and Neuter

Spaying female dogs and cats can help them live a longer, healthier life, as the procedure protects them from infection and disease. Central Veterinary Hospital employs our most advanced anesthesia and pain management techniques to ensure your pet's safety and comfort before, during, and after the procedure.

It is important to have your female pet spayed before their first heat cycle, as this significantly reduces their risk of developing mammary cancer in later life. This procedure also serves to eliminate the risk of contracting a life-threatening pyometra infection that would require emergency surgery to treat.

For male pets, neutering helps to greatly reduce their risk of contracting testicular cancer and prostate disease. In male dogs, neutering may also diminish any natural aggression and/or irrational behavior.

In order to protect your pet’s overall health and quality of life, our doctors will also take your pet’s weight, breed, heat cycles, and genetic predispositions into consideration to help determine the best time to spay or neuter your pet. Check out this chart designed to help you understand how spaying and neutering at the right time can help your pet life a longer, healthier life: