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The 2 biggest problems we see in small animal medicine on a daily basis are dental disease and pet obesity.
Dr. Dave Heaton has had a special interest in dental care and oral surgery for over 20 years. He has taken
numerous training courses with dental specialists, attended dental conferences and lectures and has done
dental care and oral surgery on literally thousands of dogs and cats over the years.
At Three Islands Islands Veterinary Services, we have the latest (and coolest:) dental equipment, including
ultrasonic scalers, high speed dental drills and polishers and an excellent digital dental x-ray system to evaluate
dental roots and jaw bone structure.
Dogs and cats do require general anesthesia for any dental procedure. Anesthetic care and safety is always a
major priority (see our discussion on anesthetic safety in 'frequently asked questions'.)
The following is a handout that we give clients to answer many of the common questions regarding some of the
typical dental procedures at our hospital.