When considering a dental problem, you need to look at
more than the animal's mouth. You need to consider the whole animal, as well as the
owner's commitment and expectations.
Your small animal veterinarian likely does
routine dental work. Your veterinarian should examine your pets mouth at each annual
check up and any other time the opportunity arises. She or he may recommend some
preventative care like cleaning and polishing or corrective treatment such as extractions
of diseased teeth all done at their own facility.
advances in the field of veterinary dentistry have made many more treatment options
available. Extraction is often not the only choice and other treatments to save teeth can
now be offered.
Some veterinarians may be able to provide these services in their own hospitals. But
for those who choose not to make the large investment in time and money to train and equip
themselves for offering advanced dental services, referral to a veterinary dentist
a specialist is the answer.
Getting a referral
As a pet owner, you should access Dr.
Hales services through a referral from your regular veterinarian. Typically, Dr.
Hale sees the more challenging cases. Usually, the suggestion for a referral comes from
the veterinarian, but the owner may request a referral if they choose.
Examination and treatment by Dr. Hale is by
appointment only, at Hale Veterinary Clinic in Guelph, Ontario. He schedules visits in two, three and
four hour blocks to allow time for evaluation, treatment planning and treatment all in one
visit. Cases are handled on an outpatient basis with the patient going home shortly
Once a pet owner has been referred, he or she
becomes a client of Dr. Fraser Hale for treatment of the specific condition that led to
the referral. Cost estimates may be discussed at the initial telephone consultation with
the pet owner (but see this - Phone
Estimates). However, Dr. Hale will give a more detailed and certain estimate after
a detailed oral examination and radiographs.
Payment for Dr. Hales services is due upon discharge
unless other arrangements are made in advance. Payment can be made by cash,
Mastercard, Visa, debit card or a combination of these methods.
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