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The Importance of Microchipping Services for your Pets

It’s something that we hope never happens to our pet – they accidentally get out of our house or yard, and they go missing. Have you increased the likelihood of being reunited with your pet? According to EIDAP1, a well-liked microchip company, pets are 20 times more likely to be reunited with their family if they have a microchip.

At Grah Kingston we are providing quality Cat & Dog Micro Chip Services. We known as one of the best dog and cat Micro Chip vet clinics in Kingston.

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The Importance of Microchipping Your Pet

A microchip can be an extra source of recognition for your pet. Often, indoor cats don’t wear collars with identification, and our dog’s tags can fall off. Tattoos are no longer a reliable source for recognition, as there is no database to track tattoos to a particular pet or owner.

They may also become illegible over time. A microchip can be positioned while your pet is awake. It is placed under the skin between the shoulder blades. Microchips are commonly mistaken for GPS tracking devices. They are a small chip the size of one grain of rice that communicates a unique number when scanned.

A pet with a microchip will still necessity to be brought in to a local veterinary clinic or shelter to be scanned, as a microchip does not emit your personal information. Once a lost pet’s microchip has been scanned, the finder can call the microchip company to report the lost pet.

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The Importance of Microchipping Your Pet

It’s important to call the microchip company as soon as possible if there is a change in address, phone number, or email. People often forget that our pets may look non-identical after they have been lost for long periods. The microchip company will contact you to let you know that your pet has been found. It is important to remain your contact information up to date.

They may have lost an important amount of weight, their hair coat may have changed to protect from the outdoor elements, and they may even have a change in their personality. A microchip number will give assurance that a found pet is the correct pet.

If you have any questions regarding microchipping or wish to make an appointment for your pet visit our Animal Hospital in Kingston. At GRAH, we routinely provide microchipping service to pets in an easy and relatively painless manner.

 

 

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Animal Hospital in Kingston Dental-Care Service Gardiners Animal Hospital

What Happens on the Day of a Dental Procedure?

Dental health is an important part of your pet’s overall health. Periodontal disease is considered the most common disease in pets. 80% of dogs and 70% of cats have periodontal disease by the age of three. Your pet’s teeth and gums should be checked yearly by a veterinarian. If periodontal disease is suspected, the veterinarian will recommend a dental procedure.

At Grah Kingston we are providing quality Cat & Dog Dental Care Services. We known as one of the best dog dental vet clinics in Kingston.

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What Happens on the Day of a Dental Procedure?

A dental procedure also called a Comprehensive Oral Health Assessment, and Treatment (COHAT) is a common procedure performed at Grah Kingston Animal Hospital. COHATs is 40% of the surgical procedures we perform in a year. On the morning of your pet’s scheduled dental procedure, you will meet with one of the veterinary technicians. They will go over an estimate, answer any questions you have, and have you sign a consent form.

If blood work hasn’t been run within the last month, a blood sample will be taken and run on our in-house blood analyzers. This pre-anesthetic blood profile analyzes the complete blood count, electrolytes, and liver and kidney values. These values let us know how well your pet’s internal organs are functioning, and help us decide which anesthetic medications are best for your pet.

Next, a sedative will be given to your pet to help calm them. We will place an intravenous catheter and start them on intravenous fluids. We will then give an anesthetic drug to allow us to place an endotracheal tube and place them on oxygen and gas anesthetic. A veterinary technician will be monitoring your pet’s heart rate, breathing rate, blood pressure, oxygenation, and temperature during the procedure.

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What Happens on the Day of a Dental Procedure?

A complete oral exam will be done by the veterinarian. The veterinarian will document any abnormalities such as missing or broken teeth, oral masses, and pockets around teeth indicative of periodontal disease. We will take digital dental radiographs (X-rays) of your pet’s mouth. Radiographs will show us any periodontal disease or root resorption that is happening below the gum line.

Sometimes the crown of a tooth looks normal, but the root of the tooth is breaking down (resorbing) or fractured. Tooth resorption becomes painful to your pet when it reaches the gum line. If any teeth need to be extracted, we will give dental nerve blocks (freezing) to help reduce pain. Once a tooth is extracted, the veterinarian will suture the site closed. These sutures will eventually dissolve on their own. A veterinary technician will finish by scaling and polishing your pet’s teeth.

Scaling removes plaque from all surfaces of the tooth, including underneath the gum line. Polishing leaves a smooth surface on the tooth, which helps prevent any bacteria or plaque from attaching to the tooth. Once the procedure is completed the gas anesthetic will be turned off, and your pet will wake up. If teeth were extracted, we will give them injectable pain medication to keep them comfortable.

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What Happens on the Day of a Dental Procedure?

We will place them in a kennel with lots of warm blankets, including a circulation warm water blanket. They will continue to receive intravenous fluids, which will help to flush any anesthetic medications from their system. The veterinary technician will continuously monitor your pet’s vital signs. We will call you with an update and will arrange a time for you to pick up your pet. We will go over home care, feeding, and medication instructions at discharge time.

If teeth were extracted, we will send home an oral pain medication that will need to be given for a few days after surgery. Sometimes we will also send home an oral antibiotic if there was a significant periodontal infection present. Your pet may need to be fed wet food or softened kibble if teeth were extracted, as to not disturb the healing gum tissue. We will schedule a recheck appointment to assess your pet’s mouth 7-10 days after surgery.

Pet owners are welcome to visit our Animal hospital in Kingston. We have Pet Dentists with years of experience who have done their jobs in Cat Dentistry and Dog Dentistry incredibly.