Veterinary Dental Specialist Castle Rock - Specialist Vets - Animal Care Center


Veterinary Dental & Other Specialists in Castle Rock

We at the Animal Care Center pride ourselves on the myriad services we offer. Our doctors are trained in many unique areas, and can offer many services and options that you will not find at a standard vet’s office. Below you will find a list and brief explanations of some of the unique options of veterinary dental and other specialist vet services that we are equipped to offer you from our Castle Rock clinic.

Acupuncture— Like humans, animals can sometimes benefit from acupuncture. Acupuncture stimulates the release of the body’s natural pain relieving and anti-inflammatory substances.  It also improves the blood flow and oxygenation for the tissues and lacks the risk of adverse side effects that can come with over-the-counter medication.

Animal Behavior Assistance—We have a board certified animal behaviorist on staff that is trained in identifying and rectifying the source of animal behavior problems.  Dr. Christensen and her staff of specialist vets in Castle Rock will work with you to determine what is causing your pet to misbehave. The staff will work with you through every step of the process, to ensure that your animal is happy and safe as well as well behaved.


We have a board certified cardiologist available to our practice to perform cardiac work-ups on your pet.  A cardiac work-up can include routine screening to a more involved cardiac tracking system.  No matter the issue, our cardiologist can help keep your pet’s heart healthy.

Chiropractic Care

Chiropractic care is a system of manipulations and adjustments of the bones in the spine to help correct pain caused by them.  As in humans, this can provide total or partial relief of symptoms, which can be either permanent or temporary. This can help restore range of motion and make your pet happier and more comfortable.

Radiology & Ultrasound

Veterinary radiology is central to diagnosing and solving many medical problems. X-rays and ultrasound can be used to help diagnose health conditions, each providing different types of information. Our radiologist, Dr. Leigh, has specialized training in radiology and ultrasound, allowing him to give us more information in regards to your pet’s problem. With this information we are able to accurately treat the problem, helping your pet feel better, faster.

What to expect from an ultrasound visit:

  • Ultrasound does not “see” through hair—therefore, our specialist vet will be shaving your pet over the area of interest to allow for a thorough ultrasound examination.
  • Ultrasound gel, a water-soluble gel that improves the quality of the ultrasound image, will be applied to the ultrasound area.  This gel will be carefully wiped from the pet after the exam, but some residual gel will remain on the skin surface and surrounding hair.  This gel is non-toxic and will not stain surfaces.
  • Please do not feed your pet 12 hours prior to the ultrasound. This can make imaging difficult.
  • The ultrasound takes between 45-60 minutes to perform.

We will call you when the ultrasound is complete and your pet is ready to be picked up

Rehabilitation and Sports Medicine— Animal rehabilitation provides the same benefits for your pet that physical therapy can provide for you.  Our doctors and staff will work with you and your pet or working animal to help develop an individualized treatment plan.  This will help your animal recover faster from surgical procedures and injuries.

Specialty Dental Care–While many veterinarians offer basic cleanings for your pets, we are equipped to offer many other services that can help your pet be comfortable and happy. We offer services like root canals, crowns, treatment for jaw fractures, treatment of cavities, and repairing broken teeth.  Dental problems are common in animals, and our veterinary dental specialist and their team in Castle Rock is well equipped to help you and your pet deal with them effectively.

Veterinary laparoscopic surgery: 

Laparoscopy (also known as minimally invasive surgery) allows surgeons to perform the same procedures as in traditional open surgery, using small incisions (keyhole surgery) instead of large abdominal incisions.  Studies have shown major benefits to the patient in terms of reduced post-operative pain, increased post-operative comfort and reduced wound complications associated with large scars.

If you are interested in learning more about this procedure and if your pet qualifies, please schedule a consult with one of our veterinarians.

Veterinary laser surgery: 

Is recognized in human and veterinary medicine for the significant benefits it provides to both patients and surgeons, including:

  • Reduced Pain – The CO2 laser beam seals nerve endings as it cuts through tissue. This reduces the amount of pain the patient feels during and after surgery.
  • Reduced Bleeding – The CO2 laser beam cauterizes and seals small blood vessels as it cuts. This laser energy achieves hemostasis and provides the surgeon with a bloodless surgical field in most procedures.
  • Reduced Swelling – There is no physical contact between the laser and the surgical region, eliminating the tearing and bruising of tissue associated with traditional surgical methods. Lymphatic vessels are also sealed.
  • Reduced Infection – Laser energy acts as an antibacterial agent by producing high temperatures, effectively eliminating microorganisms.
  • Quicker Recovery – As a result of all of the above, laser surgery provides the benefit your clients will appreciate the most: a quicker recovery for their pet.