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WESTON, FL 33331

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Payment Information

The payment for your pet's care is required the day of service. For your convenience, we take Visa, Mastercard, American Express, Discover, checks, cash and Care Credit. Care Credit is a medical expense credit card, and applications for Care Credit can be filled out online or can also be processed by phone at (800) 677-0718.

Cancellations/Rescheduling

If you find it necessary to change or cancel your appointment, please let us know at least 24-hours in advance by calling us during normal business hours.  We keep a cancellation list for clients/patients to get in sooner as appointments become available.

What are the Signs of Dental Disease in my Pet?

Many dogs and cats do not show signs or symptoms of dental disease even though they are silently suffering. If your pet shows any of the following symptoms, please call us right away as your pet may be suffering from painful dental disease:

  • Bad breath
  • Salivating excessively
  • Pawing at mouth
  • Dropping food or running away from food dish
  • Loose teeth or teeth that are discolored or covered in tartar
  • Your pet shies away from you when touched in the mouth area
  • Bleeding from the mouth

Is anesthesia safe for my pet?

General anesthesia is required for the dental procedures we perform on your pets.  Thorough examining, scaling, probing and advanced dental procedures require your pet to be asleep during the procedure.   We utilize the safest, multi-modal approach that is individually created for each dog or cat.  It includes injectables for sedation and pain management as well as gas anesthetic agents.  The combination of pre-anesthetic assessment of your pet (including blood work), use of modern anesthetic agents plus the latest anesthetic monitoring equipment means that anesthesia is generally considered to be a very low risk for your pet. 

When we place your dog or cat safely under general anesthesia, a breathing  tube is inserted into the trachea (windpipe) to administer oxygen mixed with the anesthetic gas. This tube protects your pet’s lungs from plaque bacteria and other matter removed from the teeth during the ultrasonic cleaning process. As with people  an intravenous catheter is placed into your pet’s arm or leg to infuse with fluids during the procedure. Once the procedure is completed and the anesthetic is turned off, oxygen is continued to be delivered to your pet until your pet wakes up and the tube is removed.

We closely monitor your pet during the procedure and the recovery process using advanced monitoring equipment.  Parameters often monitored include  oxygen concentration in the blood stream (pulse oximetry), electrocardiogram (EKG), core body temperature, respiratory rate, blood pressure and carbon dioxide level.  The monitoring findings allow us to perform safe anesthesia.

How will you manage my pet’s pain if surgery is perfomed?

We believe in performing dental treatments with advanced pain management techniques because we want to maximize the comfort of your pet during and after his/her procedure.  Comfort control  improves your pet’s recovery and speeds the healing process.  We administer pain medication before beginning the procedure, during  and post-operatively as required by your pet.

What is a multi-modal approach to anesthesia?

A multi-modal approach refers to the layered administration of small amounts of different medications to achieve the desired levels of anesthesia and pain management.  We administer lower doses of each individual anesthetic which generally equates to, fewer  side effects, complete pain relief and faster post-operative recovery.

My pet is older, is anesthesia safe?

Anesthesia in otherwise healthy, older pets is considered safe. It is important to have recommended pre-operative testing performed prior to anesthesia to check major organ function and allow us to tailor the anesthesia to any pre-existing medical conditions. 

My pet has kidney and heart disease, is anesthesia safe?

Prior to anesthesia, patients with kidney disease should be fully evaluated with blood tests, urinalysis, and possible ultrasound. Cardiology patients should also be evaluated including blood tests  and echocardiogram (ultrasound of the heart). 

Why can't I do anesthesia free dentistry with my pet?

There are several reasons why anesthesia free (non-professional) dentistry is not recommended:

Without anesthesia, proper examination, measurements, and dental x-rays cannot be taken. Just like with your teeth, proper diagnosis of dental disease requires x-rays. During a professional procedure, measurements of pockets of each tooth should be taken and recorded. Without proper examination and diagnostics, dental disease will be missed and go untreated. 

  • In a professional setting, scaling involves the meticulous removal of calculus with the use of an ultrasonic scaler on all surfaces of the tooth above and below the gum line. This is then followed by polishing. If proper polishing is skipped, the tooth will be rough and tartar and calculus may build up even faster. Without anesthesia, only the plaque, tartar, and calculus that is on the visible surface of the teeth is removed. The plaque, tartar, and calculus that located below the gum line and on the inside of the tooth can not properly removed.
  • Additionally without anesthesia, the pet may be stressed due to the physical restraint needed to hold the pet. Removal of plaque involves the use of sharp instruments. If your pet moves, he or she may be injured. 

Unfortunately, we have seen many well-meaning owners who believe they are taking care of their pets by providing anesthesia free cleanings. Then the owners start noticing bad breath, slower eating, or teeth falling out. It is not until a proper examination by a veterinarian is performed that severe dental disease is noted.It is much easier and less expensive to prevent dental disease by providing proper care than to treat advanced periodontal disease.

How much does a dental cleaning cost?

Because each pet is different, we provide an individualized treatment plan based on the exact needs of your pet. The degree of dental disease varies quite a bit from patient to patient as do anesthetic protocols.  Feel free to ask for a fee sheet which includes costs for all dental procedures.

How much does it cost to extract a tooth?

Some teeth are more difficult to extract than others due to anatomy and amount of disease present. To get the best idea of cost, an initial consultation is recommended. 

Should My Pet Avoid Bones or Hard Toys?

To help prevent tooth fracture, the chewing of safe items should be encouraged and the following items should be avoided:

  • Real Bones
  • Nylon Bones
  • Cow Hooves
  • Ice Cubes
  • Sticks
  • Cages (if your pet chews on them)
  • Rocks
  • Other hard treats or toys