Pet Dental Care
We take pride in our knowledge and commitment to treat dental disease in cats and dogs. We have a separate dental suite equipped with state of the art equipment to make the best decisions for you and your pet. This is a quiet area dedicated to dental treatment to ensure the utmost care is taken.
Dental disease is the most common health condition in adult dogs and cats and is entirely preventable. If left untreated bacteria will invade the surrounding tissue and structures and move into the bloodstream affecting vital organs such as the liver, kidneys and heart. It is also painful. We can not judge comfort simply by their willingness to eat or play. If you have ever had a cavity, gingivitis or infected tooth, you can relate to the constant ache and discomfort.
You could not imagine going to the dentist and not having x-rays done, right? That’s because up to 40% of the problems are completely undetectable on visual examination- we simply cannot see them. Using our state of the art digital dental radiograph unit, we will identify all of the problems and know that we have treated the problems, not just the appearance of the teeth.
While we know it is worrisome for your pet to be put under general anesthesia, it is required for us to scale, polish and probe around each tooth. We take all the necessary steps to be as safe as possible when putting your pet under anesthesia. If teeth must be removed due to disease or painful lesions, then we will use local blocks, therapeutic laser and adequate pain medications to help keep them comfortable.
Once we have treated the dental disease, we can discuss a home dental care program that works for your whole family. This can include a combination of chews, special food, water additives, pet toothpaste and toothbrush.
Pre-Surgical Deposit and Cancellation Policy
It is the policy of Raleigh Community Animal Hospital to collect a pre-surgical deposit in the amount of $100.00 from all clients prior to any surgical procedure(s). The deposit is required to reserve your desired surgery date and is due at the time of reserving the date of your pet’s surgery. The deposit is non-refundable and will stay on your account as a credit to be used toward your pet’s procedure. You are welcome to make your surgery-day reservation on the day of your choosing. If you later realize a scheduling conflict exists, your deposit will be fully credited toward a more convenient surgery date as long as two (2) business days notice is given. If the surgery appointment is cancelled less than two (2) business days in advance or the patient no-shows for their surgery, the deposit is forfeited and cannot be applied to a future reservation. As a courtesy to our team professionals so that we may accommodate other client needs and in order to receive full credit for your deposit, you must notify our office at least two (2) business days prior to your scheduled procedure date. We understand that personal situations can arise unexpectedly and you may reschedule your surgery as often as necessary without penalty until the end of the calendar year, provided we receive two (2) business days advance notice. If the surgery is not performed by the end of the current calendar year, the deposit is forfeited.
Please note: only procedure excluded from this policy is the ACA Spay/Neuter Voucher.