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Dental Care & Oral Health

We look forward to providing your pet with a clean, healthy smile!

Many animals manage to eat despite oral pain. However, you may notice subtle changes in behavior, including: hiding, lack or willingness to play, dropping food when trying to eat, or avoiding being touched on the head. In addition, other serious health problems such as kidney disease, heart disease and diabetes have been linked to poor dental health.   This procedure is similar to what you may expect at your dentist and includes: scaling to clean tartar from the teeth, full dental radiographs to assess tooth roots, a thorough examination, and polishing with fluoride application. Anesthesia is necessary to allow meticulous cleaning by the veterinary technician and a detailed exam with the veterinarian. You will be contacted following your pet’s oral exam and radiograph review to discuss a treatment plan for any abnormalities found. You will also be provided with an update following your pet’s recovery from anesthesia.

Estimates/ Budgeting:

We would like to be able to provide you with a definitive estimate for this procedure ahead of time; however, this is difficult because we are unable to fully assess your pet’s oral health without anesthesia. Instead, the veterinarian will provide you with an estimate range based on the level of care they expect your pet may need. We encourage early intervention at Grade 1 in order to keep your pet healthier, and prevent the need for an expensive procedure in which your pet will need to remain under anesthesia longer.

Grading is as follows:

  • Grade 1: routine cleaning/ no extractions expected. Price Range: $320-$400
  • Grade 2: fractured tooth or moderate calculus & gingivitis; 1-2 extractions expected. $400-$600
  • Grade 3: severe calculus; multiple (possibly large number) of extractions expected $550-800

Prices include everything associated with procedure (IV catheter and fluids, anesthesia, full mouth dental radiographs, and complete oral exam). Optional blood work is not included. We understand that the unknowns about what may be found in your pet’s mouth may make it harder for you to budget for the procedure. Therefore, if the total charges exceed $400, we will allow the balance to be paid in two subsequent monthly payments. There will be a $3 monthly service charge associated with this payment plan.

Next Steps/How to Prepare:

  • Request to be added to the dental list. Your pet’s name will then be added to our list and Lesley, our head dental technician, will follow up with you to add your pet to the schedule. Currently, due to high demand- there may be a 2-4 month wait before your pet is scheduled. Therefore, it is best to add to the list at the time a dental is recommended.

There will generally be a delay between your placement on the list and the call to schedule the procedure. We will typically call a few weeks prior to the date we have available to schedule your pet. If you have any scheduling restrictions (ie only available on Friday) – please let us know when adding to the list. Also, please inform us if your schedule is flexible, and you are available to be worked in when we have a cancellation. This will help us choose a date that will likely work for you.

  • Ensure your pet’s vaccines have been updated. We require the following to help decrease risks of infection acquired while hospitalized.
    • Cats: FVRCP, Rabies Vaccine
    • Dogs: DHPPV, Rabies Vaccine, Bordetella, Canine Influenza

If your pets vaccines are not up to date, please have them updated a minimum of 2 weeks prior to your scheduled dental appointment.

  • Ensure your pet’s annual exam is up to date. If your pet has not been examined within the past year, you will need to make an appointment prior to the day of the procedure.
  • Blood work is recommended prior to anesthesia to screen for any abnormalities that may affect how your pet is able to process the anesthetic gas and pain medications. Ideally, this is done one week prior to the dental procedure, to allow time for a comprehensive screening to be sent to our reference laboratory. This also allows us to identify potential problems that may postpone the dental prior to the day it is scheduled. If you are unable to come prior to your appointment, a brief panel can be done in-house the morning of the dental procedure.

The cost of the laboratory pre-anesthetic panel is $66 and includes a CBC and 25 panel chemistry (BUN, Creat, Total Protein, ALT, ALP, Glucose, SDMA, Phosphorus, Calcium, Sodium, Potassium, Chloride, TCO2 (bicarbonate), Anion Gap, Albumin, Globulin, AST, GGT, Bilrubin, Conjugated Bilirubin, Unconjugated Bilirubin, Cholesterol, Creatinine Kinase, Hemolysis index and Lipemia index). Additional testing, such as a urinalysis or thyroid panel can also be added onto laboratory profiles if recommended by the veterinarian based on your concerns, or your pet's health status.

The cost of the laboratory pre-anesthetic panel performed in house/ same day is also $66 and includes a CBC, but is limited to a 6 panel chemistry (BUN, Creat, Total Protein, ALT, ALP and Glucose)

  • Do not feed your pet after 12 am the night before the procedure. An empty stomach is important to help prevent regurgitation/ nausea and aspiration pneumonia.
  • If you need to cancel: Please do so as far in advance as possible to allow us to accommodate another patient. This will allow us to reduce overall wait times for dental appointments.

Lesley Esposito, LVT, VTS Dentistry


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