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Starting June 14th
We are excited to have our clients back in the building for pet exams! Please review the following to be prepared for your appointment with your pet.
- Please park in the parking lot on arrival, and call our office at 301-249-3030.
- The receptionist will check your pet in and let you know when it’s okay to bring your pet in.
- Only one client is allowed to come in with each pet.
- Please wear a mask at all times within the building and maintain appropriate social distancing.
- Upon entry, a technician will greet you in the lobby and escort you and your pet to an exam room.
- The doctor will then come into the room to examine your pet and discuss a treatment plan.
- We ask that you stay in the exam room during the visit to prevent crowding in the lobby.
Your Pet's Dental Health
Bad Breath is NOT normal - it is a sign of DISEASE!
We may joke about our pets' doggy or kitty breath when they give us kisses, but it's really not a laughing matter. Pets suffer from the same dental conditions that humans do: gum disease, cavities, abscesses. Regular dental care is an important part of your pet's health. Neglected teeth and gums can cause severe pain and develop infection that can spread through the bloodstream to damage other organs.
A thorough check of your pet's mouth is a part of every exam we give. If anything irregular is found, we'll make treatment recommendations which can range from regular at-home brushing and use of oral rinses to a complete dental scaling and polishing under anesthesia. Advanced dental disease may require extractions.
How we clean your pets teeth
Pre-anesthetic bloodwork: This includes one or more tests that detect major organ and metabolic abnormalities which may complicate the anesthetic procedure.
Digital dental X-rays: With the roots set deeply into the bone and covered by gum and other tissues, it is often only through the use of x-rays we can properly assess dental health.
Intravenous catheter and/or fluid therapy: The IV catheter allows access for injectable drugs. Fluid therapy helps to maintain blood pressure during the procedure andavoid post-operative dehydration.
Anesthesia: Inhalant gas anesthesia is safer and more adjustable based on your pet's needs.
Anesthetic monitoring: This includes monitoring of the heart, respiration and blood pressure.
Dental scaling: This process removes the calculus and plaque from the tooth surface and below the gum line.
Extraction: The health of each tooth is individually assessed, and any diseased tooth should be extracted.
Dental polishing: Polishing provides a smooth tooth and delays the reattachment of plaque-causing bacteria.
Antibiotics: If there is significant periodontal disease, antibiotics will be administered before, during and after the procedure.
Pain management: Medication is tailored to the needs of your pet, and based on the procedures performed.