HALE VETERINARY CLINIC
DENTAL AND ORAL SURGERY FOR PETS

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TOOTH VET REFERRALS
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20pixelgif.gif (808 bytes)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.
Introduction
Your small animal veterinarian likely does routine dental work. Your veterinarian should examine your pet’s 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.

However, 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. Hale’s 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.

Scheduling
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 after surgery.

Payment
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. Hale’s 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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