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Things to know about your Anesthetic Dental

Alight everyone, I am going to share with you 5 things you will want to know about your friend going under anesthetic for dentals.

  1. Non anesthetic Dentals can cause a significant amount of stress & pain!
    With anesthetic dentals your friend rests comfortably while we are able to assess the mouth properly and clean the teeth all while what seems like a restful nap. If it were to be done without anesthetics it would be the same as having strangers around your face, shinning bright lights in your face, and having weird sharp things in your mouth and not knowing what was happening. If you have ever been afraid of going to the dentist, then you can relate how they feel.


  1. Using anesthetic during dentals is safe & convenient
    Each pet gets their anesthetic tailored to them depending on age, health status and what procedures are happening. Dentals should be an outpatient procedure meaning your best friend will be home that night so you do not have to sleep alone.


  1. Anesthetic dental treatments are more effective
    With a non-anesthetic dental, the best you can hope for would be cleaning of the visible part of the surface. The remaining parts reside underneath the surface just like in your own teeth. That will be where your bacteria, plaque, and tartar all hide in hopes you will not see it. If placed under anesthetic, then your veterinary team can clean all underneath the gumline and get the hidden gems hoping to make your friends mouth their permanent home.


  1. Anesthetic dental treatments are more economical
    Since most of the dental disease occurs under the gumline if your best friend only gets a non-anesthetic dental this means all dental disease will go untreated for long periods of time creating infections and pain. All these invisible problems will lead to more vet visits and more money to treat these problems.


  1. Anesthesia allows for proper tooth evaluation
    If your friend is not under anesthetic, then their teeth are not being properly evaluated as they will not be able to have dental radiographs to visualize under the gumline. Unfortunately for us we can not ask them to sit down, stay still and bite down on this plate like your dentist would. This is important as it will show 60% of dental disease so we can be ride of any problems or future problems.

Written by: Ashley G, VT






How to make medication request hassle-free!

Getting your requests to your veterinarian can be quite a process, especially when you are uncertain about the necessary information we need to fulfill the request. Let’s take this opportunity to review the information required and help you understand why it's helpful in ensuring a smooth and hassle-free experience. What do I need to know before I make a prescription request?   There are 5 important pieces of information you'll need to have ready to relay to your veterinary team when requesting a prescription. Medication name Medication concentration Medication dose Medication instructions Quantity you need Let me explain what each one is and why we need it. This information can all be found on your pet's medication label.  Medication Name – This is simple enough; it is the name of your medication, and yes, it is very important. If you call and say you want to refill Fluffy’s eye medication, this won’t help us if they are on 3 different eye medications. Knowing the name of your pet’s medication can be the difference between the correct refill and the wrong refill. Medication Concentration – All medications come in many concentrations, and we want to ensure that your pet gets the correct one to avoid the risk of over- or under-dosing. The concentration is either written as milligrams, mg/mL or a percentage. Pills and tablets can be things like 2.5mg, 10mg, etc. Liquids will be in forms such as 20mg per ml, 200mg/ml, etc., and other medications, such as eye ointments, may say something like 2%. Medication Dose – The dose indicates how much of the medication your pet should be given and how often—for example, 1 tablet every 12 hours or a 1/4″ strip 3 times a day. Medication Instructions – We don't have the exact wording of your label, but we need to know how you are giving the medication currently. This may sound something like I give 1 pill in the morning and 2 pills in the evening or I give 3 units every 12 hours, etc. If what you are giving is different from what is on your medication label, then tell us what you are currently giving and why. It is not recommended to change medication instructions without speaking to your veterinarian.   Quantity You Need – To ensure you have the supply uu need and avoid multiple trips, please be sure to know what amount(s) of your pet's medication(s) you need. This may be given as a number amount, such as 30 pills or the length of time the medication needs to last,  such as 30 days worth. If you tell us 1 bottle, it doesn't necessarily help us as many medications come in multiple-sized bottles. TIP: Create a folder in your phone’s photo album called Medications, take pictures of your pet’s medication labels, and place them in there for quick access!   Keep in mind that your veterinarian pharmacy, like all other pharmacies, will need time to fill your medication. We kindly ask that you give us 24-48 hours' notice for filling medications as our veterinary staff are very busy and may not always have time to fill medications same-day. TIP: If you are like me and have trouble remembering to get medications refilled on time until you use the last one, there's an APP for that!   If it's a regular medication - there is an app called medisafe that lets you track medications and can be used for pet medications as well. You can set custom notifications to remind you when to refill your medication, such as when you have 5 pills left. If the medication is your pet’s flea and tick medication, check out the app "Flea & Tick"  (iPhone) (Android). This app allows you to track when you last gave your pet their last dose and upload a photo of your medication so you always have what it is at your fingertips. Lastly, look for things your clinic may have, such as QR codes on your medication bottles to help remind you to refill when you run low or website pages like ours (Pharmacy Requests) to make it easier for you to request your medication. Stayed tuned for Part 2.   Written by: Ashely G, VT

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