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2006 Artesia Blvd Redondo Beach, CA 90278
310-376-0072
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Dr. Kimberly Daffner, Veterinarian

Behind the Scenes……
 
Family Pet Clinic of Redondo Beach loves dentistry. We do a lot of anesthesia based dental cleanings here and we love what we do. But what is it that we do? Here’s a “walk through” of what happens after you drop your dog or cat off with us for the day. We’ll pretend that this imaginary patient is a cat named “Fluffy”.
 
A veterinary assistant will confirm with the “pet parent” exactly what Fluffy is here for. The dentistry and any additional services or concerns will be addressed and confirmed. We will then obtain a current weight and temperature. Usually before Fluffy is placed in a cage, the “doctor in charge” will perform a pre-anesthetic exam, which means that a veterinarian will assess hydration, palpate the abdomen, auscult (listen with a stethoscope) to the heart and lungs, etc., in order to confirm that the patient is healthy enough for anesthesia. The doctor then tailors a complete anesthetic plan specifically for that individual, which involves a calculator and about 5 minutes of detailed calculations. The medications to be administered include nausea prevention, sedatives/anti-anxiety drugs, anesthetic induction drugs, and maintenance gas anesthesia.
 
When the time is right based on our patient “line up”, Fluffy will be given a sedative and the nausea medication. These are injections given under the skin in the shoulder region. These medications “kick in” in about 15 minutes. At that time, Fluffy will be very relaxed and sedated and happy. At this point, an IV catheter will be placed in a leg vein. Once the catheter is in place, the anesthesia induction drug is administered through the catheter into the vein. Fluffy will fall asleep in about 20 seconds and a breathing tube will be placed in her airway (trachea). We hook the airway tube up to our gas anesthetic machine and Fluffy starts breathing isoflurane gas and oxygen. She will also quickly be hooked up to IV fluids, a heart rate monitor, oxygen sensor, and a blood pressure cuff will be placed on her arm. There are always two medically trained and proficient team members with Fluffy every minute while she’s under anesthesia. All of her vital statistics are monitored and documented until she regains consciousness and the breathing tube removed. We always have a special heating blanket called a “Hot Dog” under all of our patients while under anesthesia. They are also covered with a warm towel and we keep warm water bottles placed around their back and belly. This allows us to keep Fluffy thermo-regulated and warm, enabling her to wake up very quickly once we are done with our procedures.
 
Now that she is deemed comfortable and stable under anesthesia, the dentistry commences. First, a veterinary nurse scales all of the teeth. Once the tartar is removed, we take a full set of digital dental x-rays. The doctor assesses the x-rays and examines the mouth and a plan is designed based on what we have discovered. If we have to extract teeth (always based on x-rays and direct examination) we call the “pet parent” and advise them of the plan. If a revised estimate is requested we provide it immediately. We don’t want to take much time at this point because Fluffy is under anesthesia. We then extract teeth, or treat periodontal pockets, or trim back over grown gingiva. Before we extract teeth or perform oral surgery, we will perform a local dental block with lidocaine/bupivacaine just like your dentist would do. This ensures Fluffy wakes up completely pain free.  If we extracted teeth, we take post extraction x-rays to confirm that the entire tooth was removed. All tooth surfaces are polished with a fluoride pumice and the mouth is rinsed. We may apply an enamel sealant called OraVet if the owner believes that they will not be able to start home dental care. (Plaque starts re-forming immediately after the dental cleaning!) Pain medications are administered if appropriate. Fluffy will likely be awake within 5 minutes.
 
Before Fluffy goes home, we will remove her IV catheter, gently wipe her eyes and clean her face and brush out her pretty fluffy hair.
 
At the time of discharge, a nurse will go over the x-rays and procedures, discuss home care instructions and medications (if dispensed). We will emphasize home dental care options. Our goal at this point is to properly communicate how important home dental care is….. A phone call reminder is placed in our system so that Fluffy receives a call checking up on her the next day.
 
So, now we are no longer a “black box”. This is what we do every single day here at Family Pet Clinic. We love dentistry, we know that dentistry improves the health, longevity, and wellness of every patient that becomes a part of our “dental family”.
 
Sincerely,
 
Dr. Kimberly Daffner 


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When travelling with your pet(s), there may be animal health requirements specific for that destination. Factors to consider may include meeting time frames for obtaining a health certificate, updating vaccinations, diagnostic testing, or administration of medications/ treatments.

All veterinarians must be licensed or legally able to practice veterinary medicine in the state that they work.  In addition to a state veterinary license, many countries require the veterinarian who issues (completes and signs) the international health certificate to be USDA-accredited. 

To learn the requirements for moving your pet from your current location to another U.S state or Internationally, please visit USDA APHIS.

(source: www.aphis.usda.gov/aphis/pettravel)

International Travel:

We are available to provide all required veterinary services for travel i.e. vaccines, testing, and parasite control etc. However, we REQUIRE that you work with a pet transport company to ensure all details of requirements are met in order to avoid refusal of entry and/or quarantining of your pet within the destination country. 

Here are two pet travel services we recommend:

Universal Pet Travel

(310) 539-0101

and

Pacific Pet Transport

(310) 318-5702

       
                 









 

Announcements, adoption fairs, and featured pets from local rescue groups.
 
So Cal Bulldog Rescue
www.socalbulldogrescue.org


The Animal Debt Project

www.theanimaldebtproject.com



Southern California Golden Retriever Rescue

www.scgrrescue.org

Miniature Schnauzer & Friends Rescue

www.msfr.org


 


  

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