smallanimal.gif (19934 bytes)


Fraser Hale, DVM, FAVD, DiplAVDC
Providing Referral Dental Services Since 1991
Guelph, Ontario, Canada


To enter and browse site, click here


The Steps for Arranging a Referral/Visit
or for Advice on a Case



Veterinarians must follow all of the steps in How to Refer
even when just asking for advice on a case and send everything to info@toothvet.ca 


Guidelines for owners or veterinarians for sending images for telemedicine.
 Good images help immensely when triaging cases and offering guidance.



Owners must read this document outlining our COVID Protocol.
Seriously, please read this carefully as it has important instructions.



Pet owners must read this information package, complete the

form on the last page and send it to us by email - Client Package.



If the pet is not up to date on its rabies protection, 
review our Policy on Rabies Vaccine Status and
watch this video for a detailed discussion of the reasons for it.


"How much and when?" Those are the two most common questions we get.
This bulletin explains why there is no simple answer to either question.
Top Two Questions


To just enter and browse this site, you may click here.

To view educational articles/videos on dental and oral health issues, click here.

My You Tube channel can be found here

And visit our facebook page as well

We are again accepting instruments for sharpening by appointment.
You must call to schedule your instruments' arrival.
and here is a flier on this service - Sharpening

Why is board certification for veterinary dental specialists important?

The American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) Board of Veterinary Specialties recognizes only medical and surgical specialists that have completed board certification through their specialty organization. In North America, there is only one AVMA recognized specialty college for veterinary dentistry in horses and pets: the American Veterinary Dental College (AVDC).

A Board Certified Veterinary DentistTM and Board Certified Equine Veterinary DentistTM are titles reserved only for veterinarians who have successfully completed residency training through the AVDC and have passed the AVDCís certifying examinations.

These dental specialists, called diplomates, are uniquely qualified to perform advanced dentistry and oral surgery for patients, teach in veterinary schools, and provide continuing education in dentistry to veterinarians in general practice.

How do I know that my petís dentist is a Board Certified Veterinary DentistTM?

Every Board Certified Veterinary DentistTM and Board Certified Equine Veterinary DentistTM can be found in the AVDC directory provided on the AVDC website. To find your local Board Certified Veterinary DentistTM and/or Board Certified Equine Veterinary DentistTM, click here.

Diplomates of the AVDC are proud to serve our communities.


American Veterinary Dental College

Foundation for Veterinary Dentistry

Veterinary Oral Health Council

Veterinary Dental Forum

To find a veterinary dentist near you and a lot more information for owners and the profession.



Formerly the American Veterinary Dental Society and publisher of the
Journal of Veterinary Dentistry


To find a list of products with credible evidence to back their claims.


Louisville, Kentucky
October 25-28, 2023


AAHA Dental Care Guidelines 

CVO's Position on Veterinary Dentistry

CVO Discipline Case June 2010 

CVO Discipline Case Dec  2012

The American Animal Hospital Association published their first guidelines for providing veterinary dental care as of 2005. Here are the 2019 guidelines 

Is your veterinarian offering this level of care? Be sure to ask.



The College of Veterinarians of Ontario published this position statement in 2008 on the provision of veterinary dental care in Ontario. All veterinarians in Ontario should be adhering to this policy. Does yours? Be sure to ask.


My explanation of this statement

Not all veterinary facilities provide the same level of dental care. As the owner, you have a right to know, so be sure to ask who does what.

CVO Discipline Jun 2010

Despite the existence of the AAHA Guidelines and the CVO's position statements, some veterinarians are still behind the times. Buyer beware.

CVO Discipline Dec 2012

Informed Owner Consent Anesthesia-Free Dentistry A new Facebook Page

Before any procedures are done on your pet, you must provide informed owner consent. At Hale Veterinary Clinic, you will be ask to sign this form:

In order for the consent to be valid, you must be informed of risks and benefits and also you must be informed regarding who will be doing what. At Hale Veterinary Clinic you will be asked to review this document on that issue:
Who Does What

If  you have not been adequately informed, then the consent you provide is invalid. If you have any questions, ASK. You have a right to know and we have an obligation to tell you.


In Ontario, Anesthesia Free Tooth Grooming is not currently (2019) illegal. The logic in the court ruling was that since veterinarians do not offer this, it is not "practicing veterinary medicine without a license". Why do veterinarians in Ontario not offer this? Because it is considered malpractice to do so. So lay people with no valid training and no regulation are allowed to do this. What could possibly go wrong?

Here is my statement on this situation written in January of 2018.

And my video, recorded April 2020

The Ontario court ruling from 2017 with my comments.

Regardless of jurisdiction or current regulations, it is a terrible idea and should be avoided completely.

here is a clip from the
Veterinary News Network
a position statement from the AVDC

I have started a new Facebook page:

Built for Function and Fitness or BFF

The goal is to celebrate and promote dogs and cats that are physically constructed in ways that will support desirable function and quality of life for the animal. My hope is to change what society values in favour of those features that are in the animal's best interest.

They are our BFFs and they deserve to be BFF!