Full Dental Services
MetroPet has always been dedicated to keeping your pets’ teeth at their best, but we added new equipment in 2013 to make these services even better! Our standard dental cleaning is on par with standard human dentistry (except that it’s done under general anesthesia).
- Digital Dental X-ray: Dental X-ray has helped us diagnose problems with the tooth root problems that we can not see with a normal exam or even visually during a dental cleaning. Prompt removal of these teeth means that your pet gets a more thorough treatment, and their fresh breath will last longer!
- Ultrasonic scaling: A high pitched frequency blasts off the tartar and plaque from your pets’ teeth, allowing us to clean them quickly and efficiently.
- Abrasive Polishing: A spinning cup and abrasive paste polishes the surface of your pets’ teeth and removes some stains and remaining plaque and tartar.
Senior Pet Care
The old rule that one human year is equal to 7 dog years is not exactly true. It’s not a bad rule of thumb, but the actual equivalent age tends to change through the pet’s life. If you take the 1=7 rule at it’s face value, not taking your pet to the vet every year is like you not taking a child to the doctor for 7-10 years. As pets age, they need different care, just like with humans. The best way to keep them healthy for a long life is to have them seen at least every year until they are 6, and then twice a year from 7 on. This ensures that they are examined and screened for any disease that could come up in their lives. Catching a disease early means more options for care, less expense, and most importantly, longer and higher quality life.
Below is a series of Frequently Asked Questions that Vets get from owners about their aging pets.
The following content is made available from the AVMA
A: It varies, but cats and small dogs are generally considered geriatric at the age of 7. Larger breed dogs tend to have shorter life spans and are considered geriatric when they are approximately 6 years of age. Owners tend to want to think of their pet’s age in human terms. While it is not as simple as “1 human year = X cat/dog years”, there are calculations that can help put a pet’s age in human terms:
|Cat Years||Human Years|
|Dog Years||Human Years|
|Large-Very Large: 50-56|
|10||Small-Medium: 56-60||Large-Very Large: 66-78||15||Small-Medium: 76-83||Large-Very Large: 93-115||20||Small-Medium: 96-105||Large-Very Large: 120|
*Small: 0-20 lbs; Medium: 21-50 lbs; Large: 51-90 lbs; Very large: >90 lbs
The oldest recorded age of a cat is 34 years. The oldest recorded age of a dog is 29 years.
Digital Full Body X-Ray
In 2013, MetroPet added digital X-ray as well as dental X-ray to our services, and it has brought faster, more accurate diagnostics to our patients.
In addition to faster images and fewer retakes (meaning less exposure for your pets and our staff), the digital X-ray system gives us more diagnostic images with more resolution (meaning we can see more). The result is better medicine for your pet!
We also work with Vet-Rad, a teleradiology service where we can call on board certified radiologists to look at your pets’ X-rays and give us a second opinion within hours rather than mailing films or another trip for you enabling us to treat your pet faster.
Spaying and Neutering
Many pet owners opt to spay or neuter their pets, and spaying and neutering are important for reducing pet overpopulation.
Spay and neuter options
If you decide to spay or neuter your pet, you have options. Discuss the options with your veterinarian so you can make a decision that’s right for you, your family and your pet.
During surgical sterilization, a veterinarian removes certain reproductive organs.
- Ovariohysterectomy, or the typical “spay”: the ovaries, fallopian tubes and uterus are removed from a female dog. This makes her unable to reproduce and eliminates her heat cycle.
- Hysterectomy: the uterus and part of the fallopian tubes are removed from a female dog. This makes her unable to reproduce, but her ovaries remain and will produce hormones.
- Orchiectomy, or the typical “neuter”: the testes are removed from a male dog. This makes him unable to reproduce and reduces or eliminates male breeding behaviors.
- Vasectomy: only the vas deferens, which conducts sperm from the testes, are removed. This procedure makes the dog unable to reproduce, but his testes remain and will produce hormones.
Why spay or neuter?
Every year, millions of unwanted dogs and cats, including puppies and kittens, are euthanized. The good news is that responsible pet owners can make a difference. By having your dog or cat sterilized, you will do your part to prevent the birth of unwanted puppies and kittens. Spaying and neutering prevent unwanted litters and may reduce many of the behavioral problems associated with the mating instinct.
Spaying eliminates heat cycles and generally reduces the unwanted behaviors that may lead to owner frustration. Neutering male dogs and cats reduces the breeding instinct and can have a calming effect, making them less inclined to roam and more content to stay at home.
Early spaying of female dogs and cats can help protect them from some serious health problems later in life such as uterine infections and breast cancer. Neutering your male pet can also lessen its risk of developing benign prostatic hyperplasia (enlarged prostate gland) and testicular cancer.
The procedure has no effect on a pet’s intelligence or ability to learn, play, work or hunt. Most pets tend to be better behaved following surgical removal of their ovaries or testes, making them more desirable companions.
Risks of spaying and neutering
While both spaying and neutering are major surgical procedures, they are also the most common surgeries performed by veterinarians on cats and dogs. Like any surgical procedure, sterilization is associated with some anesthetic and surgical risk, but the overall incidence of complications is very low.
Although reproductive hormones cause mating behaviors that may be undesirable for many pet owners, these hormones also affect your pet’s overall health. Removing your pet’s ovaries or testes removes these hormones and can result in increased risk of health problems such as incontinence and obesity.
Before the procedure, your pet is given a thorough physical examination to ensure that it is in good health. General anesthesia is administered to perform the surgery and medications are given to minimize pain. You will be asked to keep your pet calm and quiet for a few days after surgery as the incision begins to heal.
When to spay or neuter
Consult your veterinarian about the most appropriate time to spay or neuter your pet based upon its breed, age and physical condition. Keep in mind that, contrary to popular belief, it may NOT be best to wait until your female dog or cat has gone through its first heat cycle.
The above information was obtained from the AVMA website on 9/27/2014
In 2013, we started noticing that some of our clients have a lot of pets, and not a lot of time to bring them all in. Other clients had trouble getting to MetroPet with their pets, so we decided to bring MetroPet to you!
For a small travel fee, we’ll come to you for regular exams, treatments, laser therapy, blood draws, nail trims, just about anything we can fit in a car!
Dr. Michael Slawienski, DACVS, is a board certified Veterinary Surgical Specialist. He performs our orthopedic surgeries.
Dr. Slawienski is a native of Buffalo, New York. He received his Bachelor of Science degree in Animal Science from Cornell University and his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from Iowa State University in 1992. He completed an internship in small animal medicine and surgery at West Los Angeles Animal Hospital and trained as a resident in veterinary surgeon at the prestigious Animal Medical Center in New York City. He became a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons in 1999. Dr. Mike practiced at Associated Veterinary Specialists in St. Louis before moving to Ohio with his family in 2004. He has provided soft tissue, neurologic and orthopedic specialty surgeries for patients of veterinary hospitals in Northeast Ohio and surrounding areas since that time. Dr. Mike is an avid homebrewer and as a BJCP certified judge has judged beer competitions nationally and abroad. Dr. Mike enjoys spending time with his wife and his three wonderful and busy young children. Dr. Slawienski has a sweet one-eyed pug named Boty and a very mischievous cat named Shadow.