Dental: Say Cheese
We all need to get our pearly whites, well... "pearly" white. Dogs and cats are no exception. The day your pet comes in for a teeth cleaning, we'll ask you to hold off on their water and food intake. If your pet has special medical conditions, or if they're still in the kitten or puppy phase, we might have some special instructions for you. You can drop your pet off at the check-in desk between 7 AM and 8 AM on your way to work. A Caring Hearts veterinary technician will review your pet's medical history, and you'll need to sign a surgical release form if you hadn't previously signed one. Of course, we want your phone number so we can reach you throughout the day and keep you updated on your pet's status.
Before any procedure begins we will weigh your pet and, similar to when you go to the doctor, we'll take their vital signs. If your pet needs any blood work, we'll get the blood we need and analyze it in our lab. Prior to the procedure your veterinarian will give your pet a physical so we can listen to their heart and lungs, and review their blood work. Once we clear them for anesthesia, we create a plan, and your pet is given a sedative and some pain medication.
While your pet is in happy land and under anesthesia, we will perform a full oral exam and take x-rays, just like when you go to the dentist. We take care of their teeth. We clean their teeth thoroughly, work on their cavities, root canals and yes, even the occasional crown.
When we're done, we keep a close eye on them to make sure they are alert. We usually like to keep your pet for one to two hours after anesthesia before sending them home with you. Don't worry, they can hang out with us until you get off of work.
When we send your pet home with you, you'll be given an update on our findings and the treatment your pet received. You'll get written post-operative care instructions and our veterinary technicians will explain your pet's medication schedule and special feeding instructions. Finally, we'll schedule for a follow-up appointment so that we can see how everything's healing.