Our team continues to be here for you and your cherished pets. We are OPEN and are now able to provide a wide range of services. To learn more about the changes we have implemented in response to COVID-19 and what to expect during your next visit, click here.
Baxter Animal Hospitals’ veterinary technicians will perform the dental procedure. This is similar to the dental examination your dentist provides for you. However, your pet will need to be fully anesthetized to enable us to perform the exam.
Your pet will be admitted into the hospital in the morning, the veterinarian will examine your pet and blood samples will be collected to perform pre-anesthetic blood tests. These tests include a complete blood count and chemistries which determine the function of organs such as kidneys and liver. The pre-anesthetic testing can also be used as a baseline for referencing and interpreting future blood work.
Once your pet is anesthetized, your pet’s mouth will be assessed and abnormalities such as fractures, periodontal pockets and missing teeth will be documented. The abnormalities are brought to the attention of the veterinarian, who will decide on the treatment plan. The plaque and tartar are then removed from the crowns as well as from under the gum line. Once the cleaning is complete the teeth are polished. Dental therapy can be a long procedure. For example, a mild case can take 2 hours to complete and a more severe case can take up to 3-4 hours. For this reason, your pet will be placed on IV fluids to ensure acceptable blood pressures.
Pain control is also very important to us. We want your pet to be comfortable upon recovery from anesthesia. If any extractions are required, injections to control the pain will be administered as well as local anesthesia (freezing) which lasts 6 – 8 hours. Once the procedure is complete, your pet will continue to receive IV fluids and be monitored for the remainder of the day. Oral pain medication may also be dispensed to ensure comfort during their recovery at home. Our patient will be discharged with home care instructions in the afternoon and will return in 2 weeks for a complimentary follow-up appointment.
With recent changes to restrictions on businesses, we are pleased to advise that effective May 19, 2020 the restrictions on veterinary practices have been lifted. Based on these changes, below are some important updates to our operating policies.
1. WE CAN NOW SEE ALL CASES BY APPOINTMENT ONLY
This includes vaccines, wellness exams, blood work, heartworm testing, spays and neuters, dental services, and more!
2. SAFETY MEASURES TO KEEP EVERYONE SAFE
Continue our "closed waiting room" policy to protect our clients and staff. When you arrive, please remain outside the hospital and use your cell phone to call us. We will take a history of your pet's health and discuss any concerns. A staff member will then meet you outside to bring your pet into the hospital for an examination. The Veterinarian will call you to discuss the recommended treatment plan. After your appointment, a staff member will return your pet to you outside, and take care of any needed medications and payment.
Continue the use of credit cards as the preferred payment method.
Continue with curbside pickup of food and medication (unless you have used our online store and are having your order delivered directly to your home). To place an order through our online store, visit our website and click on "Online Store".
3. ONLINE CONSULTATIONS ARE AVAILABLE
If you wish to connect with a veterinarian via message, phone or video, visit our website and follow the "Online Consultation" link.
4. OPERATING HOURS
We are OPEN with the following hours: Monday - Tuesday: 8:00 am - 6:00 pm Wednesday - Thursday: 8:00 am - 8:00 pm Friday: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Thank you for your patience and understanding and we look forward to seeing you and your furry family members again!