[HOSPITAL PHONE NUMBER]
To [PET NAME]’s caregivers,
You’re doing a great job caring for [PET NAME]. Your veterinary team at [HOSPITAL NAME] will continue to support you as you manage [HIS/HER] dental health. Keeping [HIS/HER] mouth healthy is an important step in helping [HIM/HER] to live a happy and healthy life.
Dr. [VETERINARIAN NAME] wanted to share this important information with you concerning [PET NAME]’s visit today.
[PET NAME] had the following treatments performed today:
- A detailed oral exam under anesthesia
- Preanesthetic bloodwork
- X-rays of [HIS/HER] teeth
- A thorough teeth cleaning above and below the gumline
The results of this treatment revealed that extractions were not needed.
- extractions were needed today to decrease pain and infection in [HIS/HER] mouth.
- A local anesthetic was used to numb [PET NAME]’s mouth so [HE/SHE] would wake up more comfortably.
- The following teeth were removed: [TEETH REMOVED]
- You may notice a small amount of blood in [HIS/HER] saliva for the next few days, especially when eating or drinking. If it seems excessive, please call us.
- The sutures in the mouth will dissolve in a few week(s)
- An Elizabethan collar or E-collar is being sent home to prevent [PET NAME] from pawing at [HIS/HER] mouth as the local anesthesia wears off.
- Do not lift [HIS/HER] lip to look at the incision as this may pull out the sutures.
- Do not begin brushing [HIS/HER] teeth until after the recheck examination. This will insure that the gums have healed.
[PET NAME] did well under anesthesia and woke up smoothly.
- Since anesthesia can decrease tear production, an ointment was placed in [HIS/HER] eye to protect them while [HE/SHE] was asleep. This oily residue will dissipate over the next few days.
- Because of the anesthesia, [HE/SHE] may be sleepy and wobbly for the next 1-2 hours. However, some pets have the opposite effect and seem more agitated or whiny.
An IV catheter was placed to administer IV fluids, anesthesia and other medications.
- The fur was shaved. Please call us if you notice [HE/SHE] is licking the area excessively or if the area becomes red or irritated.
- Remove the bandage where the catheter was in 1 hour.
Food and Water
- Feed soft food for the next days.
- Feed [PET NAME] [HIS/HER] usual food in 1-2 hours.
- To avoid nausea, do not offer food immediately upon arriving home. Feed about half of the usual amount after arriving home if [HE/SHE] seems hungry.
- Some pets have a decreased appetite for 1-2 days following surgery.
- Do not allow [HIM/HER] to chew on hard toys or bones (real or artificial), objects (such as rocks, sticks or ice), cow hooves or pig ears as this can fracture teeth.
- For long term feeding we recommend a prescription dental care diet.
- To avoid nausea, offer water in small amounts, every 1-2 hours until no longer thirsty. Then you can leave the bowl full as usual.
- Please limit access to stairs and jumping on furniture while [HE/SHE] recovers from anesthesia.
- Monitor [HIM/HER] outside.
- Do not play tug-of-war for 1-2 week(s).
No medications are needed at this time.
You’ve been doing an excellent job caring for [PET NAME]’s teeth. Well done!
Start brushing [PET NAME]’s teeth ideally, every day. Any amount of brushing you do can help decrease the
bacteria in [HIS/HER] mouth. Use toothpaste created specifically for pets.
We recommend [BRAND] toothpaste.
To further reduce plaque and tartar, use the following daily:
- Hill’s Prescription T/D
- OraVet chew
Seek immediate veterinary care if [PET NAME]...
- Has excessive bleeding from the mouth
- Seems agitated or uncomfortable for more than 2 hours
- Has difficulty breathing
- Begins squinting [HIS/HER] eyes for more than 1 hour at a time
- Develops any wounds on [HIS/HER] body
- Refuses to eat or drink for more than 12 hours
- Does not defecate for more than 48 hours
- Has diarrhea for more than 12 hours
- Vomits more than three times in 12 hours
- Begins bumping into objects
- Has difficulty walking or jumping
If we are not available and you need help, please contact [ER HOSPITAL] at [ER HOSPITAL NUMBER].
Please recheck with Dr. [VETERINARIAN NAME] in days to assess [PET NAME]’s response to treatment.
To maintain [PET NAME]’s healthy mouth and please recheck with Dr. [VETERINARIAN NAME] in month(s) to assess [PET NAME]’s response to your home care.
If you haven’t already, please schedule that appointment right away. Consistent oral care will maintain [PET NAME]’s quality of life.
We appreciate your dedication to [PET NAME] and we’re honored to be walking alongside you on this journey.
[PET NAME] is a lovely patient. [PET NAME] has many fans here at the hospital! Thank you for trusting us with [HIS/HER] care.
Please call our hospital at [HOSPITAL PHONE NUMBER] with any questions or concerns.