Our veterinarians continue to evolve our dental standards through regular discussions with veterinary dentists to ensure we remain at the forefront of veterinary dental practices. We understand how important your pet is to your family, so we work so hard to offer the best services possible to keep your pet healthy. Learn more about our pet dentistry services below.
Pet Dental Care
Dental hygiene is an important part of your pet’s health because dental disease can be associated with other serious health problems such as heart disease and kidney disease. But how do you know if your pet has a healthy mouth? Let us examine your pet’s teeth and gums to help determine if there are any dental issues you should know about. After a brief visual examination, we may recommend a more detailed examination (which requires sedation), a dental cleaning, or options for at-home dental care.
Our team aims to assist you in recognizing, minimizing, and avoiding the discomfort and systemic side effects of these diseases for your pet. The likelihood of a successful outcome increases with the speed at which we address the issue!
Comprehensive Oral Health Assessment and Treatment (COHAT) at Mill Brook Animal Clinic
What to Expect and How to Prepare
COHATs are performed routinely at Mill Brook Animal Clinic. Despite a wide variety in pet size and dental presentations, the preparation is the same for all patients coming in for a COHAT.
Pre-Operative Blood Work
All pets should have pre-operative blood work done. This can be completed up to two months prior to the procedure. Please schedule this if not already done.
The Night Before – No Food from 10 PM; Water is Okay!
Unless you have been instructed otherwise, all pets must be fasted from 10 pm the night prior to the procedure. Please allow your pet access to water! Some pets are prescribed Cerenia (an anti-nausea pill) to be given at this time.
The Day of the Procedure – 8 AM Admission!
Admission is at 8 am. After a physical exam, your pet gets their own private kennel. Pre-medications are administered. Once the assessment is completed, the anesthesia is turned off, and your pet wakes up within a couple of minutes. Patients requiring oral surgery will have this done at the same time, or in stages, depending on the type and severity of the findings.
All our kennels are in the treatment area, so we can keep a constant eye on your pet during its recovery. We will text or call you to inform you the procedure has been completed. A couple of hours after the process, your pet is ready to go home.
Discharge and Home Care – Discharge is Between 12 PM and 3 PM.
A surgery technician will review all discharge information with you and provide you with a copy in writing. Any medications to go home will be dispensed during the discharge. If we think a post-operative check is needed, we will schedule it then. If a subsequent staged procedure is required, this will be scheduled at this time.
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