The Benefits of Dental Care At Our Facility
It can be hard to compare veterinary services beyond prices, so here is some info that might be helpful. Good questions to ask:
1.) Who is doing the dental treatment and monitoring anesthesia?
Experienced licensed veterinary technicians, licensed with the state of Michigan, are focused solely on taking care of your pet during the procedure. Also, veterinarians are very involved with patient care during dental procedures . This includes assessing the patient's response to anesthesia as well as reading the radiographs, performing oral examination, and charting findings. Veterinarians are always available to help with treatment of anesthesia issues as needed.
2.) What anesthetic monitors will be used?
Our Bionet "VetNext" anesthesia monitor continuously measures important parameters about your pet while it is anesthetized: blood pressure, pulse oximetry (blood oxygen saturation), ECG, heart rate, body temperature, and respiration, including Carbon Dioxide levels. Expired Carbon Dioxide levels (called Capnography) is a very valuable tool for monitoring anesthesia that many veterinary clinics do not have due to the expense of the equipment. Monitoring this allows us to know immediately if your pet is not breathing or not breathing well enough and it can also tell us if there is a problem with the breathing tubes or anesthetic machine. All of this means we would catch and correct any problems right away before it could become life threatening.
3.) Who would be doing any extractions if needed?
Experienced veterinarian, licensed with the state of Michigan. Our veterinarians have taken special courses on dental care- including extracting teeth, dental nerve blocks, and interpreting dental radiographs. Dr Vincent has over 13 years of experience treating periodontal disease and surgically extracting teeth.
4.) How do they sterilize instruments between patients?
We autoclave our dental packs for complete sterilization for all instruments for every patient
5.) Do they monitor for and treat hypotension (low blood pressure) and prevent hypothermia (low body temperature)?
When any reading on our monitor is abnormal, our staff is trained to take steps to correct the problem. This prevents problems like low blood pressure and low body temperature that can be damaging to organs and lead to slow and uncomfortable recovery. We use our Cloud 9 warm air delivery system to maintain or increase an anesthetized pet's body temperature safely and quickly. Low blood pressures are treated with IV fluids or constant rate IV infusions of Dopamine as needed to maintain a safe and healthy blood pressure for anesthetized pets.
6.) Automatic IV catheter placed prior to anesthesia?
We place IV catheters in every pet prior to surgery so that we will have immediate access for giving fluids or drugs in the event that the need arises. This is something that we believe should not be done only in the event of an emergency. Having an IV catheter in place leads to a safer anesthesia experience for your pet.
7.) Dental radiographs included?
Every tooth - crown, roots, and surrounding bone - is imaged with our state of the art digital dental radiograph system. This helps us to analyze the health of the tooth which helps us to better plan treatment for your pet. The digital radiographs allow us to take more views, more quickly, and saves anesthesia time for your pet- making it a safer procedure. Each radiograph is ultimately evaluated and interpreted by Dr Vincent, who has over 13 years of experience, as well as specialized training, in this field.
The care your pet would receive at Log Cabin is top notch. These types of questions can help distinguish the best veterinary care from not the best veterinary care.
We are also accredited with the American Animal Hospital Association which means we must meet certain standards for our surgical, dental, and anesthetic protocols that will ensure that your pet receives the highest standard of care.