Routine full oral
examination, evaluation and dental care are recommended yearly for most pets. Many
pets have problems not detected by a brief look at the outer tooth surfaces. Once
any tartar or gingivitis is apparent more serious oral disease is likely. For
the pets that have no pathology, the prophylaxis is to help prevent it.
We dedicate a whole morning for each dentistry we perform. We only do a single dental service any one morning. We focus on your pet!
A fee based on the
time required and supplies required is assessed for this service:
$420 – 440, requiring about 40 to 60 minutes time under anesthesia;
Dogs—usually about $460 to 500, requiring about
60 to 100 minutes under anesthesia.
Costs vary with
supplies and time required. Our price reflects the level of care given and includes
all that your pet needs to have a safe healthy prophylactic procedure and oral
evaluation. It includes the standard preanesthesia lab work, hospitalization,
premedications, IV catheter, IV fluids, anesthesia induction, thermal support
and multimodal anesthesia monitoring with dental scaling, polishing, fluoride
treatment and OraVet application. This is further
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keep your pet as healthy as possible. What we will do:
We will perform a preanesthesia physical exam.
We will listen for heart murmurs or
arrhythmias. We will listen to the lungs of your pet.
We will alert you if any irregularities
exist. If so, thoracic x-rays will be recommended.
We will not proceed if we feel your pet is
not in appropriate health for anesthesia.
A preanesthesia blood screen will be completed.
will perform a preanesthesia lab analysis (organ function, electrolytes and
hematocrit). Our new technology allows us to perform these tests using only
about 3 drops of blood. On some pets, the testing may be completed within the 14
days prior to the scheduled procedure. Not all conditions are readily detected
by physical exam. Since dental disease can lead to kidney,
liver, lung and/or heart disease, it is important to objectively evaluate your
pets’ internal organ systems. A
preanesthesia profile allows us to find out enough about your pet’s
electrolytes, blood proteins, kidney and liver function, as well as the
percentage of red cells to better insure your pet’s ability to undergo a smooth
anesthesia. This information will allow us to help your pet through and after
today’s procedures. This also allows us a baseline of what
is normal in your pet. If your pet is ever sick, we can refer to the baseline
for comparison. A CBC will be completed on seniors or other
If any significant abnormalities are detectedDr. Bennett will contact you to discuss further
diagnostics if they are indicated or even to reschedule the planned service.
A preanesthesia injection will be given.
This injection helps sedate your pet, reduces
stress, and offers pain control.
An intravenous catheter will be placed and IV fluids started.
as your doctor would place an IV catheter before anesthesia, so will we. IV
catheters allow further IV injections to be given without stress to your pet. Additionally,
it is a further security while your pet is under anesthesia. IV fluids are
administered to help maintain blood pressure to support organ health and
function as well as prevent dehydration.
General anesthesia will be induced.
The heart, respiration and blood pressure
will be monitored. We use anesthetic protocols designed to be as safe as
possible specific for your pet. Our anesthetic protocol provides for pain
control. Most pets wake up minutes after procedures are completed. We provide
warmth during and after anesthesia, to prevent the body from cooling and keep
your pet as comfortable as possible. With our protocol, most our patients
remain sedate and relaxed until later, by design. Most pets are relatively
‘bouncy’ by the time they go home. Since sensitivities vary to anesthesia and
sedation, some pets may continue to be more sedate than normal for 24 hours.
We will evaluate and chart for periodontal disease or other
problems with the teeth and oral cavity. Optional dental X-Rays are available. (Currently
$63 to 115 depending on size of mouth)
Even pets without noticeable tartar or
gingivitis may still have oral pathology. Many times this is not found until
the pet is anesthetized and we can fully evaluate all aspects of the mouth and
teeth. X-Rays are needed to evaluate above the gum line. We recommend
radiographs on all patients but allow them as an elective. We will call you
with any findings that should be treated.
We will remove the tartar off the tooth crowns.