Where does he work?
Hale Veterinary Clinic is in Guelph Ontario.
How do I get in touch with Dr. Hale?
You should ask your regular veterinarian to refer you. He is
available for messages seven days a week, and answers the phone himself as much as
possible. (See Contacts for detailed numbers, address and
email.) In some cases, Dr. Hale may accept calls directly from owners, but he
to talk to your regular veterinarian before proceeding with any treatment.
How do I find Dr. Hales office?
Theres a detailed Map elsewhere
on this web site. Guelph is about 80 kilometers northwest of Toronto, and about 15 minutes
from Highway 401. Dr. Hales office is in the south end of Guelph, close to the
What does Dr. Hale do?
He treats all sorts of dental and oral problems in cats and
dogs. Usually, he leaves the routine dental work to your family veterinarian.
He mostly does more involved procedures as outlined on the Services
page of this web site.
How much does it cost?
Once your veterinarian has assessed your pets problems
and Dr. Hale has consulted with her/him, he provides options and a rough estimate over the
phone. However, he cannot provide a detailed estimate until he has examined the patient,
and taken some X-rays. At this point, he will provide a written estimate and you
will have the option of proceeding with the treatment or not. For more on
the inaccuracy of phone estimates,
Who do I pay?
You will be expected to pay Dr. Hale for his work when your
pet is discharged. If you have pet insurance, Dr. Hale will provide all the
necessary forms for submitting a claim and you will be reimbursed by your
How do I pay?
Hale Veterinary Clinic is pleased to accept payment by Visa, MasterCard, Debit
card, cash or any combinations of these. We do not accept cheques or other
credit cards. Payment is due in full at time of discharge.
How long does it take?
Although each case is different, a typical treatment takes
two to four hours. This includes initial examination and interview, treatment planning,
anesthesia, radiographs, surgery, recovery and discharge. Your pet should be able to
return home with you the same day. Clients arriving for the 8:30 appointment are
usually on their way home, with their pet by noon.
While Dr. Hale concentrates on the
teeth, who is watching my pet?
He has a staff of registered veterinary
technicians who monitor the anesthesia while
Dr. Hale is operating. They will routinely monitor blood pressure, temperature, oxygen saturation,
carbon dioxide levels, respiration and cardiac function. You can be
introduced to these fine people by visiting Staff
and can learn a bit more about this by reading Who Does
What other precautions are taken to
minimize anesthetic risk?
Dr. Hale asks the referring veterinarian to do a thorough
physical examination and any appropriate pre-surgical tests (blood tests, urinalysis,
) and then send the results to him before he sees your pet. On the day
of surgery, he will tailor the anesthetic regimen to your pet, selecting from a variety of
agents. All patients are intubated with a cuffed tube and anesthesia is maintained with a
gas vapour anesthetic and oxygen. Intravenous catheterization and fluid support are
standard, as is thermal support.
What is done about pain management?
The best way to minimize pain is to prevent it as much as
possible. Pre-emptive pain management involves giving analgesics prior to surgery to reduce
the chemical reactions that lead to the development of pain. Animals having a potentially
painful procedure receive an analgesic in their pre-anesthetic sedation as well as a long
lasting local anesthetic nerve block at the site of surgery. If appropriate, the patient
may also be given a long lasting injection of an analgesic upon recovery and more (in an
oral or transdermal form) may be sent home for the owners to give for a few days after treatment.
How will my pet feel afterwards?
Most animals are up on their feet within half an hour of the
end of surgery. Recovery varies from case to case of course, but most animals are back to
normal routines within a day or two.
Ask Dr. Fraser Hale directly by phoning him at
1-866-toothvet (Ontario except 807) or 519-822-8598 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
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