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Animal Dental Clinic’s mission is to provide the highest quality advanced animal dental and oral care in a warm, comfortable and caring environment. We strive to provide compassionate care, offer the best recommendations for you and your pet and help you navigate the entire process as a valued member of your pet’s health care team.
Consultation Exam: Your first visit will last about 30 minutes. Our technician will come in to review and acquire historical information including records that we received from your primary veterinarian. Our resident and boarded veterinary dentists will review all of your pet’s medical history, perform a thorough oral exam, discuss their findings with you and customize a treatment plan for your pet. A cost estimate for recommended diagnostic and treatment procedures is typically sent home, as well as any medications and instructions for home care deemed appropriate by the doctor.
Recheck Exam: Rechecks are an important part of your pet's care with Animal Dental Clinic. Your doctor will need to monitor your pet’s post-operative healing, plaque and tartar levels. They will also take this time to help you fine tune your home care routine. Pets undergoing orthodontic work need to be rechecked frequently to monitor for tooth movement and the need for adjustments to the appliance.
Lab work: Any patient who needs a diagnostic or surgical procedure here at the Animal Dental Clinic is required to have lab work performed within a doctor-recommended period of time, depending on your pet’s age and health status. These tests are essential to screen for organ dysfunction that may affect your pet’s anesthetic risk level or your pet’s ability to safely use certain medications. These blood tests may be performed either by your primary veterinarian or by us.
If your pet will be having a procedure with Dr. Heidi Shafford the Veterinary Anesthesia Specialists, lab work is typically required within 3 months of the procedure day, depending on your pet’s health condition. Dr. Shafford will be in contact with you within 2-3 days of your procedure to discuss anesthesia concerns adjust any medications your pet may be taking and what her anesthesia plan is for your pet.
Day of Surgery: You will have a scheduled admission time between 7-7:30am. Your pet should have nothing to eat after midnight, but access to water is okay. You will complete your patient consent paperwork and then one of our technicians will admit your pet. It is important that we have reliable phone numbers to reach you, or someone who can make medical decisions for your pet as updates and decisions may need to be discussed while your pet is under anesthesia. When the procedure is complete, we will call you to schedule a time to speak with the doctor, review photographs or x-rays of the procedure, and explain medications and discharge instructions.
Follow up Call: A client care representative will contact you the day following your pet’s procedure to update the team about your pet’s recovery and to relay any questions or concerns that you may have. Thank you for choosing Animal Dental Clinic for your pet’s specialty oral care. We look forward to joining your pet’s health care team.