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

159 Fife Road
Guelph, Ontario, Canada
View the map for directions.


As of March 25, 2020


In light of the COVID-19 pandemic and the persistent urgings from all sources to "just stay home", Hale Veterinary Clinic will remain closed at least until April 6th, 2020. We will be reassessing the situation as that date draws near to determine if we feel it is appropriate to re-open then or not.


We currently have cases booked through the end of May and will endeavour to reschedule cancelled appointments to the best of our ability. At this time, we cannot schedule any new appointments as we have no way of knowing when we might be able to see your patient/pet.


If you have an urgent dental concern, or you need to communicate with Dr. Hale, email is best (toothvet@toothvet.ca). For the subject line, use the animal's name and the owner's last name such as Scruffy Wallace. Include all pertinent photographs and radiographs as jpeg attachments (not embedded in the body of the message) along with a completed copy of the referral request form and I will try to offer what assistance I can via telemedicine.



We are not accepting any instruments for sharpening until further notice.


Stay Safe

Pet owners who have been referred to Hale Veterinary Clinic,
click here for a package of useful documents to review.

Also, review our Policy on Rabies Vaccine Status

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

To just enter and browse, you may click here.

And visit our facebook page as well

Clinic Brochure

We are currently fully staffed, are unable to accommodate any
volunteers, externships or job shadowing. Thank you for your understanding.

Veterinary Oral Health Council American Veterinary Dental College Academy of Veterinary Dentistry Foundation for Veterinary Dentistry

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

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

To find a Fellow of the Academy of Veterinary Dentistry near you.


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


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 Veterinary Dental Forum 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.

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

The premier veterinary dental conference in the world is offered each fall somewhere in the USA. In 2019, we will be in Orlando from Sept 26-19.

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!