Our Winter Dental Special is Here!

Posted on Nov 16th, 2015, 03:24 PM America/Los_Angeles

In honor of National Pet Dental Health Month, Capitola Veterinary Hospital is having a Winter Dental Special!  The special lasts from December 2015 through March 2016!  All patients with a current annual exam are eligible for this $109 discount on a comprehensive oral health assessment and treatment (COHAT) procedure.  From Santa Cruz to Aptos and beyond, we strive to be your best veterinarian by providing exceptional care not available in most veterinary hospitals.

Our Dental procedures include:

  • Complete DIGITAL X-rays of every tooth. Unlike film X-rays, Digital X-rays are much faster, better quality and expose your pet (and our staff) to very little radiation.  X-rays allow us to examine the tooth root where disease and infection often hides and affects overall health.
  • IV catheter and Fluids
  • 3 member team for monitoring and treatment including 2 technicians and 1 doctor.
  • Ultrasonic scaling above and below the gum-line on every side of every tooth.
  • High speed polishing to leave a smooth plaque resistant tooth surface.
  • EKG, Pulse Oximetry, Temperature, Blood Pressure, and Apnea monitoring.
  • Extractions are performed if needed based on exam and X-rays.  All extractions are performed by a doctor (NEVER by a technician which is common in many veterinary hospitals) using sterile instruments.   Extraction sites are closed carefully with absorbable sutures to minimize discomfort.  Pain medications and follow up X-rays if needed are included in the costs of extractions.
  • Home dental care consultation regarding methods to prevent recurrence of dental disease.

Beware of “Anesthesia Free” dental procedures which are a poor value and can be dangerous for your pet. Problems with these procedures include:

  • Risk of tooth surface fracture as tartar is scraped off.
  • Inability to polish teeth which leaves a rough tooth surface that is easy for plaque to stick to.
  • Inability to clean every tooth surface or to clean below the gum line where dental disease affects tooth root and overall health.
  • Risk of aspiration or ingestion of pieces of tartar as they are removed.
  • Risk of an uncooperative pet hurting themselves or others due to fear or stress.

You can learn more about Anesthesia Free teeth cleaning problems from the American Veterinary Dental College’s position statement which can be viewed by clicking here: http://www.avdc.org/statements.html

85% of Pets have dental disease by the time they are 3 years old.  Here are some warning signs that your pet may be due for a professional dental cleaning:

  • Bad Breath
  • Sensitivity around mouth
  • Loss of appetite
  • Yellow or brown stains on teeth
  • Bleeding or swollen gums
  • Loose or missing teeth
  • Pawing at the mouth or face
  • Difficulty chewing, chewing more on one side than the other.
  • Picking up food and then dropping it.

For more details call us at 831-476-7387 or email us capvet1@gmail.com

Happy Brushing!

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With Kind Regards from the Doctors and Staff of Capitola Veterinary Hospital

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