This form is intended to promote a clearer understanding of the process involved in cleaning your pet's teeth and performing an oral evaluation. Please be aware of the following facts:
1. A thorough evaluation of your pet's mouth, teeth, and gums cannot be accomplished without the aid of general anesthesia.
2. Incidental findings, such as tumors and abscessed tooth roots, periodontal (gum) disease, cracked teeth, or Feline Odontoclastic Resorptive Lesions (a progressive, destructive disease in cats) are not uncommon.
3. It is frequently necessary to change our treatment plan once the pet is anesthetized.
4. Decisions about how to treat a particular problem are highly dependent on your dedication to follow up care, potential costs involved, aesthetics, and relative anesthetic risk.
5. Certain specialized procedures (i.e. crowns and root canals) are not provided at our facility, but are available through veterinarians that specialize in dentistry. These procedures are usually comparable, or more expensive than the same procedures in people. We can refer you to a veterinary dental specialist for follow up care, if you so desire.
6. Occasionally, a pet's dental disease is so severe that we much stage the dental procedure, performing additional extractions or services at a later date, so that the pet is not under anesthesia for an extended period of time. This reduces risk of complications both during and after the procedure.
In order to minimize the time that your pet spends under anesthesia, it is important that we know your desires before proceeding. This avoids delays involved with us trying to contact you to discuss your wishes; or worse yet, being unable to contact you at all at a crucial decision-making point. In most cases, we make the decisions based upon our values as if we were treating our own pets.
If you have any questions about the general anticipated degree of dental/oral work anticipated on your pet, please feel free to ask the doctor prior to proceeding.