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*COVID-19 Update as of 12/26/2021*
Due to the recent rise of COVID-19 infections in the PG County, we will be temporarily converting to exams through curbside service rather than in-person in order to decrease infections among our staff and clients. We greatly appreciate your understanding as we try to keep our community safe.
- If your pet has a scheduled exam, please complete the patient intake form emailed to you prior to the appointment to help speed the intake process.
- Upon arrival, please park in the lot and call us at 301-249-3030 whether you are with your pet or picking up food or medications.
- A staff member will give you instructions for dropping off your pet and will come to your car to pick-up your pet.
- The doctor will perform the exam on your pet and then call you with a treatment plan.
- Payment will be taken over the phone or through a mobile card terminal.
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.