Your Pet’s Health:
Each patient is given a thorough physical exam and history evaluation, to determine what the right treatment for them is. Appropriate diagnostics such as blood tests, radiographs, echocardiograms and ultrasound will be recommended if deemed necessary. If necessary further workup/treatment may be recommended at your regular veterinarian’s.
A complete physical examination and medical history is required on all pets, and include the following:
- oral cavity
- heart and lungs
- lymph nodes
- tongue color
Dental maladies have plagued living beings from the beginning of time. Fossils have shown that even the Saber tooth tiger from the La Brea tar pits had an impacted tooth. Because of modern dental care today, most of us brush our teeth, see a dentist regularly and have longer lives. It has proven to be one of the major advancements in medicine today that has increased the life span of humans. Bad oral health can lead to a number of other health problems such as abscessed teeth, chronic infection and pain, halitosis, and lack of energy.
With our pets today, dental care is more important than ever. The majority of pets are living longer, and are being fed commercial diets. Our pets need to have daily stimulation of the gums as well as physical reduction of plaque either by consuming dental diets or treats or daily brushing of their teeth. A simple lifting of the gums on the side of your pet’s mouth can reveal a great deal. All pets should have an oral exam with their yearly physical, and in most cases will need to have annual cleanings done under general anesthesia. Brushing your pet’s teeth is probably the single most effective way to maintain your pet’s oral health.
Dr. MacLellan can give your pet a thorough oral examination, and make recommendations for the appropriate treatment plan needed. Typically, a COHAT is recommended. What is a COHAT?
What is a COHAT?
It is a Comprehensive Oral Health Assessment and Treatment.
After an initial consult with the dentist, the assessment is done under general anesthesia and includes full mouth radiographs, probing and charting all of the teeth, evaluation by our board certified dentist, and finally – treatment that is mutually agreed upon once discussed with the client.
Treatments can include ultrasonic cleaning and polishing of the teeth, extractions, periodontal treatment under the gum-line, treatment of gum disease, sealants, biopsies, removal of growths, root canal treatments, crowns, restoratives and interceptive orthodontics to name a few depending on the assessment and evaluation by the dentist.
If you are concerned about the procedure, here is what is provided:
- Remember you are seeing a board certified dentist that specializes in dentistry and oral surgery.
- The doctor and nurse are watching your pet all times during the procedure.
- Full mouth radiographs pre and post treatment and immediate interpretation by the dentist is provided at the time of the procedure.
- Full oral exam, dental probing of all teeth, with a complete comprehensive dental chart (copy provided if requested) with full explanation of any and all oral problems are noted.
- Anesthesia is monitored by an experienced surgical technician throughout the entire procedure (never leaves your pet alone).
- A fully staffed critical care unit is available if needed for any emergency.
- In house consults with other boarded specialist at the practice are available (surgeons, criticalist, internal medicine, radiologist, dermatologist, ophthalmologist, and neurologist) if needed.
- Anesthesia monitoring including blood pressure, EKG, oxygen saturation, CO2, temperature, and heart rate every 5 minutes.
- Antibiotics during the procedure if deemed necessary.
- Intravenous or IV fluids during the procedure.
- Pre and post medications for pain control and anxiety
- Treatment of any dental problems based on the assessment performed by the dentist not a technician.
- All instruments are cleaned and sterilized between every patient.