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Providing Veterinary Dental Services to Cats & Dogs
in the San Francisco Bay Area

Information for Clients:
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Daily Schedule
Dentistry for Pets is open Mondays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays every week. Admissions, new examinations, and rechecks are scheduled between 8:00 and 9:30. The rest of the day is devoted to our treatments although we do accept telephone calls.

Pre-operative Examination/Consultation
We ask that most patients be scheduled for a pre-operative examination prior to the day of the treatment. At that time, Dr. Yelland will examination your pet, discuss treatment options, discuss potential costs, review pre-operative tests, and answer any question which you may have. When you come in, be sure and bring copies of any testing that was done by your regular veterinarian as well as a list of any medications being used, including dosages and frequencies of administration. When possible, ask your veterinarian to fill out a referral form and fax it to us prior to your visit. It is important that we be made aware of any allergic reactions or other potential health issues at that time.

Pre-Anesthetic Testing
Since all of our patients undergo general anesthesia for their treatments, it is important that there be a complete assessment of the patient’s health prior to treatment. A vital part of that assessment is to review complete blood chemistry and  urinalysis. Older patients may need an electrocardiogram, chest x-rays, or ultrasound examination. A complete workup minimizes risks during the anesthetic.

Pre-operative Fasting
We ask that you take away your pet’s food no later than 10:00 the evening before it’s procedure and that water be removed early in the morning. If your pet is under treatment for any medical condition such as diabetes or kidney disease that might require special attention, please discuss this with Dr. Yelland during the pre-operative examination. Generally, if your pet is on antibiotics or pain medication, give the morning dose, if applicable.

Hospital Admission Procedure
In most cases, hospital admissions are schedules between 8:00 and 9:00. You will meet either with Dr. Yelland or one of his technicians. At that time, we will ask you to review and sign admission forms and an estimate. It is important that you leave us ALL potential contact information for that day and the times when different phone numbers might apply. It is very important that you be available for a phone call at all times during the day should we have the need to discuss your pet’s condition with you.

Discharge and Homecare

Most patients are discharged between middle of the afternoon to early evening depending on the nature of its procedure and when, during the day, the treatment was performed. You will receive a comprehensive report of your pet’s diagnosis and treatment as well as detailed homecare instructions. In most cases you will receive a call from Dr. Yelland or one of the staff that evening to discuss any questions which might have come up. Most patients are asked to return for recheck examination and consultation in around 2 weeks at which time long-term homecare will be discussed in more detail. Most homecare protocols will involve the following:
  • Daily tooth brushing
  • Application of Oravet® dental sealant once weekly
  • Recommendation of a special dental diet
  • A discussion of dental chews for dogs
  • A discussion of the Porphyromonas dental vaccine for susceptible breeds
We acknowledge that some cats and some dogs may be difficult to get on a brushing regimen; however one must remember that the “gold standard” for periodontal care is to brush daily. We look at the recommendations made above as “tools” in your “homecare toolbox.” The more tools one uses in a treatment plan, the greater the effectiveness.  If one is having difficulty training the pet to accept daily brushing, then the other tools will become more important. The corollary is that, if one has a particularly effective brushing program, then some of the other items in the toolbox become less important.

Anesthesia

Many clients have concerns about their pet going under anesthesia.  As with any medical procedure, anesthesia does have its inherent risks. We strive to minimize those risks by subjecting your pet to a complete physical examination prior to being admitted to our service. In addition, blood chemistry and urinalysis are analyzed for any indications of a potential problem. If necessary, chest x-rays, electrocardiogram, and ultrasound examinations are performed. All of our patients receive intravenous fluids during and after their procedures. Fluids provide an additional margin of safety as well as allow for rapid treatment in the unlikely case of a complication. They also ensure a more rapid recovery time. During its anesthesia, your pet’s condition is closely monitored by an assistant whose sole job is to record the pet’s vital signs. We use the latest in electronic anesthetic monitoring which records body temperature, electrocardiogram, pulse, blood oxygen saturation, blood pressure, and C02 concentration. Body temperature is enhanced by use of water beds and hot air blankets. During its recovery your pet will be closely monitored by one of our assistants until it is ambulatory.


Dental Radiographs

The use of dental radiographs is an important and necessary part of advanced dentistry. It provides us the ability to make an accurate diagnosis and allows us to monitor treatment and healing. Some of the specific indications for dental radiographs include the following:
  • Periodontal disease
  • Endodontic (root canal) disease
  • Tooth resorption
  • Trauma, fractured teeth, fractured jaw
  • Dental abnormalities
  • Preoperative, perioperative, and postoperative evaluations
  • Nasal cavity disease
  • Missing teeth
  • Bone cysts involving the jaws
  • Oral tumor evaluation
  • Retained roots
  • Tooth abscesses
  • Genetic abnormalities of the teeth or jaws
  • Cavities
  • Permanent tooth evaluation in puppies
  • Evaluation of retained deciduous teeth
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