Many dental problems require surgical intervention.  This can include, but is not limited to, broken teeth, infections, or bite alignment problems.  If you decide to go forward with a surgical option, we will schedule your pet for surgery.

Prior to surgery, it is important to keep track of any medications you are giving your pet and notify us as soon as possible if something has changed in your pet’s regimen.  Additionally, if there are any significant changes in your pet’s behavior, appetite, or health, please let us know.

The day of the procedure:

We will ask you to withhold food from your pet for 8 hours prior to your scheduled check-in time.   If your pet takes any medication, please give or withhold medications as instructed by us.

When you arrive for check in, we will ask you several questions and have you sign two forms – authorization to perform the procedure and acknowledgement of the treatment plan.  We will ask questions such as:

  • Has your pet shown any sign of illness in the past 7 days?
  • Does your pet take any medications and when were they last given?
  • Has your pet ever had any reactions to medication?

We will go over the treatment plan with you and answer any remaining questions.

Once the paperwork and check-in process is complete, your pet will come back to our treatment area and be prepared for surgery.  Many owners choose to leave and go about their day, returning when their pet is ready to go home.  Others choose to wait in our lobby while their pet is being treated.  You are welcome to stay if you prefer.  If you choose to leave the building, we ask that you be available by phone or provide alternate contact person(s) who are authorized to make decisions regarding your pet’s care.