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Dental Care

The number one health problem diagnosed in 8 out of 10 cats and dogs over 4 years of age is periodontal disease. We provide an extensive dental care program. Preventative dental care can add 2-4 years to the life of your pet. Optimum dental care truly is a fountain of youth for your pet.

Our dental care includes complete ultrasonic scaling, root planning and polishing. We place your pet under anesthesia and perform a comprehensive oral examination. We examine individual teeth for mobility, fractures, malocclusion and periodontal disease. Full mouth radiographs are utilized to examine below the gum line. We remove plaque and tartar using hand instruments and power scaling equipment. We give your pet’s teeth a thorough ultrasonic cleaning and polishing.

Our goal in providing these services is to keep your pet’s mouth healthy and pain-free for years to come. Proper dental care can increase the lifespan of your pet. During the procedure, your veterinarian may identify a condition that may require an advanced dental procedure. The findings will be discussed with you while your pet is still under anesthesia so that you can make the best treatment decisions.

At Home Dental Care:
Proper dental care at home is highly recommended to help maintain the oral health of your dog and cat. Home dental care for companion animals should start early, even before the adult teeth erupt. It is best if owners brush their dogs and cats teeth frequently. Although tooth brushing is the best method of preventing plaque, calculus, and bacterial build-up, there are many options for dental home care. Other oral home care options such as dental formulated foods, water additives, and dental treats should be considered.

Brushing your pet’s teeth every day will reduce or eliminate plaque buildup. Plaque, which is an accumulation of bacteria, will progress to periodontitis, which is characterized by pockets of chronic infection, oral pain, and severe infections. Left untreated, it will eventually loosen and destroy the tooth and possibly lead to bone loss. The infection under the gum line can also spread to the liver, kidneys and heart.

Signs of oral and dental diseases in dogs and cats:
  • Loss of appetite or loss of weight
  • Bad breath
  • Loose teeth or teeth that are discolored or covered in tartar
  • Your pet shies away from you when you touch the mouth area
  • Drooling or dropping food from the mouth.
  • Bleeding from the mouth
  • Loss of appetite or loss of weight

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At Mt. McKinley Animal Hospital, we take all anesthetic cases very seriously. We utilize the safest, multi-modal approach that is individually created for each pet. It includes injectable medications for sedation and pain management as well as gas anesthetic agents. The combination of pre-anesthetic assessment of your pet (including blood work), use of modern anesthetic agents, and the latest anesthetic monitoring equipment means that anesthesia is generally considered to be a very low risk for your pet.

When we place your dog or cat safely under general anesthesia, a breathing tube is inserted into the trachea (windpipe) to administer oxygen mixed with the anesthetic gas. As with people, an intravenous catheter is placed into your pet’s arm or leg to infuse with fluids during the procedure. Once the procedure is completed and the anesthetic is turned off, oxygen is continued to be delivered to your pet until your pet wakes up and the tube is removed.

We closely monitor your pet during the procedure and the recovery process using advanced monitoring equipment. Parameters often monitored include oxygen concentration in the blood stream (pulse oximetry), electrocardiogram (EKG), core body temperature, respiratory rate, and blood pressure. The monitoring findings allow us to perform safe anesthesia.

Our surgical services and facilities include:
  • Fully trained veterinary and technical staff to ensure the safest, most efficient state-of-the-art procedures for your pet
  • Heated surgery tables for greater comfort
  • Advanced sterilization techniques
  • ECG, capnograph and oxygen saturation monitors
  • Intensive after-surgery care and full pre-anesthetic blood testing
  • Fluid therapy
The surgical procedures performed at Mt. McKinley Animal Hospital include:
  • Spays
  • Neuters
  • Emergency surgery (laceration repair, wound repair, foreign object removal)
  • Soft tissue surgery (i.e., growth removal)
  • Orthopedic surgery
  • Feline declawing

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Laboratory Testing: In order for diagnosis of your pet’s health status, we utilize a variety of laboratory diagnostics ranging from in-house laboratory tests to referred laboratory testing. We perform many blood and urine tests right at our facility including complete blood count, blood chemistry, basic thyroid testing, external parasite examinations, and urinalysis.

This allows your pet to receive appropriate medical treatment in a timely manner. We use diagnostic laboratory tests not only to diagnose disease, but to also monitor many medical therapies such as animals taking anti-seizure medications or arthritis medications.

Radiology and Ultrasound Our digital radiology system (x-rays) is utilized for diagnosis and monitoring of a various body systems: the heart, lungs, abdominal organs, and bone structure.

Ultrasound is a diagnostic tool used to examine the internal organs in a non-invasive manner. It is crucial in the comprehensive examination of the heart, liver, kidneys, gallbladder, spleen, urinary bladder, intestines and other internal organs. We also use our ultrasound as a tool in early diagnosis of pregnancy and to monitor the fetus’s health.

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Mt. McKinley Animal Hospital has an on-site, fully stocked pharmacy for your convenience. We stock medications and products needed for wellness care, critical care, emergency situations and the best products to manage ear infections, airborne allergies, heartworm, fleas, intestinal worms and chronic medical conditions. If your pet has specialized requirements, we will use local store pharmacies, our online pharmacy (Vets First Choice), and special compounding pharmacies to meet your needs.

Our in-hospital pharmacy also carries a full line of prescription foods; diet produced to meet the special nutritional needs of your pets. We offer top of the line prescription diet products including Science Diet Prescription Foods and Royal Canin. Our doctors and staff will recommend the best food product for your pet. We carry prescription diets designed for a variety of health problems, including:

  • Early Kidney Disease
  • Advanced Kidney Disease
  • Cardiac Disease
  • Obesity
  • Liver Disease
  • Diabetes
  • Gastrointestinal Disorders
  • Geriatrics
  • Urinary Disease
  • Bladder Stones
  • Food Allergy

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Laser Therapy

McKinley Animal Hospital is pleased to offer Laser Therapy treatments for your pet. This is a “cold” or low-level laser therapy that directs an intense beam of light into tissue which treats tissue injury without damaging it. It induces a biological response in the cells which leads to reduced pain, inflammation, increased joint mobility, and increased speed of healing. Most treatments only take a matter of minutes. It is a noninvasive, painless and side-effect free treatment for your dog or cat. It does not require your pet to be sedated.

We use the therapeutic laser to treat a variety of injuries and illnesses your pet might be experiencing. It can also increase your pet’s joint flexibility and relieve any joint pain your dog or cat might feel, especially in senior pets. Treatment protocols are unique to each patient and condition, varying in time, complexity and costs. Laser therapy can also be used to enhance other treatment plans recommended by your attending veterinarian.

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Endoscopy is a minimally-invasive procedure that aids us in the diagnosis and management of some diseases your pet may develop. It allows us to view inside your pet’s body and visualize the organs and internal systems without performing invasive surgery. Endoscopy involves the use of endoscopes, or small cameras, which can be guided throughout the body via small incisions or naturally-existing orifices.

Endoscopy may be recommended after a thorough physical examination and other diagnostic testing for your pet has been performed. For examination of the intestinal tract, fasting may be required for 24-48 hours. Most patients will go home the day of the procedure and will not experience pain or discomfort following the procedure. Complications from endoscopy itself are rare and will be discussed with you at the time of the procedure.

Endoscopic procedures include:
  • GI endoscopy: Examination of the upper gastrointestinal tract
  • Bronchoscopy: Examination of the lungs
  • Colonoscopy: Examination of the colon
  • Rhinoscopy: Examination of the nose and nasal passages
  • Arthroscopy: Examination of the joints
  • Cystoscopy: Examination of the vagina, urethral opening, urethra, bladder, and ureteral openings
  • Laparoscopy: Exam of the abdominal cavity performed through a small incision in the wall of the abdomen or through the navel. It is done in veterinary medicine to obtain hepatic (liver) and renal (kidney) biopsy samples, and to perform gastropexies and spays.
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Dr. Kevin Snyder received his undergraduate degree from the University of Notre Dame before receiving his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from the University of Wisconsin in Madison, Wisconsin. His advanced ophthalmology training has taken him from one year at Colorado State University back to the University of Wisconsin Madison for a four-year combined Master’s degree in Comparative Biomedical Science and Comparative Ophthalmology residency program.

Dr. Snyder is passionate about providing the highest quality compassionate veterinary care for your pet’s eyes, treating your pet like his own. He strives to work with you and your animal, to form an individualized treatment plan specifically tailored to your animal’s needs and your goals. He is excited to elevate the quality of ophthalmic care available for Alaska’s animals and its veterinary community.

Dr. Snyder treats all eye diseases, with a special interest in glaucoma, corneal disease, and cataract surgery. He has published numerous research articles in Veterinary Ophthalmology and other research journals and presented multiple times nationally at the annual American College of Veterinary Ophthalmology conference. He is from Tier 1 Medical Center in Palmer, Alaska but visits every 3 to 4 months to see patients and perform some procedures.

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Dr. Webber returned to Alaska after completing nearly ten years of education and training. She graduated from Oklahoma State University Veterinary School in 2009. This was followed by a one-year rotating internship at Cornell University Hospital for Animals. A one-year cardiology internship and three-year residency program was completed at MedVet Medical & Cancer Centers for Pets. MedVet is the winner of the American Animal Hospital Associated Specialty practice of the year in 2014.

Dr. Webber is based in Palmer, Alaska but travels across Alaska seeing patients. She visits Mt. McKinley Animal Hospital throughout the year seeing patients that aren’t able to travel to the Anchorage area. If you are interested in making an appointment with Dr. Webber please contact the office for her next available dates.

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Acupuncture is the practice of placing fine needles superficially into specific points on the body. Acupuncture has been used for centuries for various medical conditions and has recently been growing in popularity as an adjunctive treatment for many conditions in our veterinary patients. Many people are finding acupuncture therapy very beneficial for their pets for various conditions. We are very excited Dr. DeLeon is now able to offer veterinary acupuncture.

Please note that acupuncture is never a replacement for good diagnostics and traditional treatments but rather an adjunctive treatment once we have established a diagnosis.

How does acupuncture work?
Acupuncture points are located in areas of concentrated nerve bundles and/or in close proximity to major blood vessels which themselves are surrounded by a rich nerve supply. Placing a needle at these points creates both local and systemic (widespread) effects. Local effects include: stimulation of nerve fibers inducing reactions that modulate pain signaling from the local area, dilation of blood vessels increasing blood supply to the area, and release of chemical substances that can work to repair damaged tissue. Stimulating a nerve at an acupuncture point will also affect the spinal cord segments from which the nerve originates. Often this will decrease the amount of pain signaling transmission that occurs through the local region. In some cases, other body structures whose nerve supply originates in this same spinal cord segment can be positively influenced. Finally, acupuncture has been demonstrated to cause increased serotonin and endorphin levels, creating a widespread reduction in pain sensation.

Is it painful? Is it safe?
Most human acupuncture patients report a very minor pin prick feeling or a dull ache associated with acupuncture needle placement, but do not often describe it as painful. The majority of our veterinary patients tolerate treatment very well and quite often become relaxed and sleepy during their treatment (most likely due to the release of serotonin and endorphins associated with acupuncture).

Veterinary acupuncture is very safe when performed properly by a trained veterinarian. The needles are sterile and thin making the risk of infection extremely low. Other side effects are extremely rare.

Conditions in which we would consider adding acupuncture to a treatment regimen
  • Musculoskeletal- arthritis, soft tissue injuries, neck and back pain
  • Neurologic- nerve injuries/paralysis, intervertebral disc disease
  • Gastrointestinal- chronic vomiting or diarrhea (such as with inflammatory bowel disease)
  • constipation, nausea, loss of appetite
  • Urinary and reproductive- feline lower urinary tract disease (FLUTD), urinary incontinence, irregular reproductive cycle
  • Respiratory- chronic upper respiratory infections, feline asthma
  • Ophthalmic- keratoconjunctivitis sicca (KCS/ dry eye), corneal ulceration
  • Skin disorders- lick granuloma, chronic wound
  • Post-operative or post-dental procedure- for pain relief and faster return to function

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