Like you, our greatest concern is the well being of your pet. Prior to anesthetizing your pet, our doctors take the following measures for every dental patient.
Dental Requirements: Some additional services may be required based on your pets health, the surgical procedure and the Dr. recommendations.
A pre dental exam is performed on all patients before anesthesia.
Anesthetic monitoring is performed by our trained staff. Heart rate, body temperature, pulse oximetry and respiratory rate are some of the specific parameters we monitor. These vital signs are continuously assessed to help create the safest anesthetic environment possible. In addition to the above essential monitoring we also offer to monitor blood pressure, electrocardiogram, core body temperature, and end tidal CO2. Additional Monitoring is an addition cost.
Additional Services may be required based on your pet's health, the dental procedure and the Dr. recommendations. These services and costs were discussed during your dental consultation and estimate review.
The control of pain is very important aspect of the surgical procedure. Our goal is to minimize the inherent discomfort associated with all surgical procedures. A pain free animal requires a lower level of anesthesia, increasing the safety for your pet and helping to ensure a smooth and speedy recovery. Our pain management protocol is required in all surgical patients. The medications used and length of treatment will vary based upon the procedure performed and the degree of pain involved. If needed, further out-patient medications will be prescribed for your pet to continue at home.
Blood testing (Complete Blood Count (CBC), Chemistry Panel, Electrolytes): Blood testing is advised on all pets prior to anesthesia. Many conditions, including disorders of the liver or kidneys, low grade infections, or electrolyte abnormalities can only be detected through blood testing and examinations, especially before your pet shows clinical signs of illness. Detection of these conditions prior to surgery will decrease the risks associated with anesthesia. In many cases, such as geriatic or sick patients, the doctor may require blood testing prior to anesthesia. Our in-house laboratory is equipped with the latest technology to perform blood screening tests. If a problem is detected during the physical exam or on the blood work, a doctor will contact you to discuss any recommended course of action prior to surgery. Surgery will be postponed if it is deemed to be in the best interest of your pet.
IV Fluid Therapy: is important to the maintenance of homeostatis during anesthesia and provides venous access for supportive therapy, for maintenance of anesthesia, and for cardiopulmonary resuscitation. There will be a small shaved portion on your pet's leg.
Therapy Laser: We also offer our therapy laser as a post-op service to help provid immediate pain and swelling relief at any surgical site. This quick, pain-free procedure desensitizes nerve endings and promotes healing of the tissues involved. Therapy is not advised around the eyes or in situations with suspected cancer.