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Veterinary Care

  • Wellness & Annual Exams
  • Sick pet exams
  • Vaccinations
  • Parasite Control
  • Flea Control
  • Ticks Control
  • Heartworm Control
  • Nutrition Counseling
  • Behavior Counseling
  • Dermatology
  • Pain Management
  • Pharmacy
  • Sick pet exams and treatment including hospitalization if necessary
  • Heartworm Control and treatment
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Local Area Farm/House Calls

We offer non-emergency local area farm and house calls within a 15 mile radius by appointment only. Please call us for more information.

Soft Tissue Surgery

  • Spay and Neuter
  • Gastrointestinal Surgeries
  • Ocular and Otic Surgeries
  • Growth Removals
  • Reproductive Surgeries
  • Urinary Tract Surgeries
  • And More
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Sale creek Veterinary Services can provide complete dental cleanings which are necessary to keep your pet healthy. We include a full set of dental radiographs every time your pet has a dental cleaning.
Why does your pet need dental radiographs? Look at the image below.
This is why dental radiographs are so important. The owner did not think this dog was in pain, he came in for a routine cleaning and was "acting just fine". Just looking at the teeth did not show a problem. Fractured premolar found with dental radiographs--a necessary part of dental cleanings.
The yellow arrow is pointing to the gum line, you could not see the fractured tooth. When he was asleep there were no significant pockets around that tooth and if we had not had dental X-rays we could have missed this. Was he painful ABSOLUTELY. Were we able to get rid of a source of pain by extracting this tooth? ABSOLUTELY.
Many times as owners, we do not realize our pets are painful. They have the same nerve and pain receptors that we have but they have not "Learned" to show pain. They often accept their pain and keep on going. When asked if a pet is painful I have to put myself in that situation, if my tooth was broken like that would I be painful??? OF COURSE. Our pets are no different.
At our hospital dental radiographs are a necessary addition to doing a thorough dental cleaning on your pet. They do add to the cost of a cleaning but only minimally and the value they provide is priceless.
Dental FAQs
Tartar is made of bacteria and when it is removed from the surface of the teeth we worry that small  pieces could be inhaled by the patient causing a lung infection. For this reason, “Non-anesthetic” cleaning is NEVER recommended. Anesthesia allows us to place an endotracheal tube in the windpipe to prevent infection of the lungs. Secondly, the most important part of the cleaning is the removal of plaque and tartar under the gumline. This is just not possible in an awake pet. And lastly, the teeth are not polished, which will leave the cleaned surface rough and actually increase the adherence of plaque to the teeth.
Some people tell us about pets that have had problems or died under anesthesia. Fifteen or twenty years ago many of these concerns would be valid reasons for not proceeding with an elective procedure in an older pet. Fortunately, things have changed for pets having anesthesia today. Contemporary anesthesia is much safer in several ways. First, pre-anesthetic testing helps us to recognize those pets that are having internal problems that aren’t yet recognizable by their owners at home. If a problem is found, we can try to resolve it before allowing the pet to undergo anesthesia. Second, modern inhalant gas is a much safer arrangement than using only injectable agents to achieve an appropriate level of anesthesia. As mentioned above, the endotracheal tube protects against contamination of the lungs by oral or stomach matter. Third, monitoring has changed from merely watching to see if the dog is breathing to tracking pulse rate and quality, oxygen saturation, blood pressure, respiratory rate, temperature, and electrical rhythm of the heart. When pets are being monitored appropriately it allows veterinarians and technicians to detect abnormalities and initiate therapy to avoid anesthetic problems. Fourth, all pets undergoing dental care now receive fluid therapy by intravenous catheter during anesthesia to maintain vascular volume and blood pressure. This protects sensitive brain and kidney cells. We also use thermal support to prevent hypothermia during anesthesia which can change the rate at which drugs are processed. I know our clients get tired of us saying it but I really believe that age is not a disease, and mature pets that are otherwise healthy are able to tolerate anesthesia well. A pet that is older is more likely to have more severe periodontal disease and thus more pain. These animals still need care in order to maintain the quality of their lives. Taking care of their gums and teeth is also one of the best ways to extend their lifespan.
The cost of dental care for pets has certainly increased as the quality of anesthesia, cleaning, and services have increased. One example is that we now offer dental radiography, or xrays, which allows us to see the roots and bone surrounding each tooth. We want to provide safe anesthesia and a service that actually helps to treat pain and prevent progression of disease and to do that we need special equipment like a blood pressure monitor, a fluid pump, and an ultrasonic scaler. Most of this equipment is not necessary when humans teeth are cleaned because we are not undergoing anesthesia. Also, remember that usually our hygienist is performing a routine preventative cleaning before hardly any tartar has built up on our teeth. Pets rarely get dental care this early and thus their cleaning is not a true preventative.
Yes. Our goal in veterinary dental care is for our patients to have mouths free of infection and pain. It is much better to have no tooth at all than to have an infected tooth with a root abscess or a painful broken tooth. We have many dog and cat patients that are able to eat a regular diet with few or even no teeth! Sometimes a veterinary dental specialist can offer root canals or more advanced therapy to save teeth. Our doctors will always offer referral if there is a possibility of saving teeth.
Some pets will stop eating all together when their teeth, bone, and gums hurt badly enough. The vast majority, however, will find some tactic to keep eating. They may chew on the other side of their mouths or swallow their kibble whole. Pets have an extremely strong instinct to survive no matter what discomfort they feel. Sometimes the symptoms of periodontal disease are so vague that we don’t notice them. Pets may be reluctant to hold their toys in their mouths, be less playful, resent having their teeth brushed, have a hard time sleeping, or have no outward symptoms at all. Often, after we have treated broken teeth or extracted infected teeth, our patients’ parents tell us that they act more energetic and playful than they have in years!!
Every patient is different so this is a hard question to answer. Usually the smaller dogs should have their teeth cleaned earlier and more often because their teeth are more crowded in their mouths. Bigger dogs may not develop tartar as quickly but their mouths should be monitored closely for any broken teeth. Cats are all individuals and should be examine closely for any excessive gingivitis which may be an indication of some special cat diseases like resorptive lesions or stomatitis/gingivitis syndrome.
​The possible local (ie in the mouth) effects of periodontal disease are pain, infection of the gums, bone, and/or teeth, and loss of teeth. Chronic infection of the periodontal tissues allows bacteria to enter the circulatory system resulting in seeding of the internal organs (heart, kidneys, liver) and may lead to serious infections in these organs as well.
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  • Full service in-house laboratory
  • Urinalysis
  • Ultrasound-abdominal and cardiac
  • Digital Radiology
  • Dental Radiology
  • Rhinoscopy
  • Otoscopy
  • And More
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OFA & Penn Hip Evaluation

Canine Hip Dysplasia (CHD) is the most commonly inherited orthopedic disease which leads to hip arthritis causing pain, stiffness, and diminished quality of life. There currently is no medical or surgical cure. Afflicting more than 50% of the dogs within some breeds with the majority of breeds being large breed dogs than smaller breed dogs
Hip Laxity In the 1980’s, researchers at the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Veterinary Medicine pioneered a better diagnostic method to assess hip laxity—the key factor in the development of Canine Hip Dysplasia (CHD). The hip joint is a ball-and-socket joint, with the ball of the femur (femoral head) fitting into the hip socket (acetabulum). Hip laxity refers to the degree of “looseness” of the ball in the hip socket. Studies have shown that dogs with looser hips (excessive hip laxity) are at higher risk to develop hip dysplasia than dogs with tighter hips (minimal hip laxity).
AIS PennHIP Hip Improvement Program The research-based hip-screening procedure known as PennHIP has proven to be the most accurate and precise method to measure hip laxity. It can identify—as early as 16 weeks of age—dogs that are susceptible to developing hip dysplasia. This offers breeders the opportunity to make early decisions on breeding stock, and allows veterinarians to advise pet owners on lifestyle adjustments and preventive strategies to minimize the pain and progression of the disease.
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