Frequently Asked Questions

Will the procedure be done the same day?

For your convenience we typically schedule surgery and dental appointments as consultations in advance in the morning and surgery is performed that same day.

Is my pet too old to be anesthetized?

Age is not the most important factor when determining anesthetic risk. The overall physical and biochemical health of the patient are by far the most important factors that determine anesthetic safety. We require, at minimum, a complete physical exam and pre-anesthetic blood profile to be performed by one of our veterinarians prior to the surgery or dentistry appointment to detect any health issues that may need to be addressed before anesthesia. We also require a heart work-up if a murmur is detected by your veterinarian. Other health conditions may require a more through work-up.

Can the doctor clean my dog’s teeth without anesthesia?

Cleaning the tartar off of the crowns is merely a cosmetic procedure. The majority of a pet’s dental problems occur under the gum line. A complete assessment including probing and dental radiography (x-rays) is critical in finding disease early so that it can be treated and ultimately prevent tooth loss. This assessment cannot be performed on an awake patient.

Will my pet go home the same day?

Yes, our patients go home the same day, alert and happy (thanks, in large part, to the nerve blocks) and often within an hour or two of the procedure.

What type of payment is required?

Payment at the time of service is required. We accept cash, checks, and all major credit cards. We also accept Care Credit, a line of credit which incurs no interest charges if paid within 3 months. Please visit for more information or to apply.

What dental services does All Creatures perform?

We are a full service veterinary dentistry and oral surgery practice. All procedures are performed; we do routine cleaning & assessment and management of periodontal disease on a regular basis. Dr. Dan Meakin can also perform advanced oral surgery including mass excision for oral cancer, jaw fracture repair, and post-trauma reconstructive surgery.

Will my pet be in pain after the procedure?

One of our top priorities with all of our dental patients is their comfort and speedy recovery. We are able to provide pain relief before, during, and after a procedure. Most of our patients are eating only a few hours after a procedure. We routinely perform nerve blocks (numbing the area) to provide several hours of post-operative pain management. We have established successful medication protocols for the days following the procedure to keep your pet comfortable at home.

Will my pet be monitored during anesthesia?

Yes. Our doctors and the anesthesia technician continually monitor all patient anesthetic parameters and vital signs. State-of-the-art equipment, like our multi-parameter anesthetic monitor, is used to instantaneously track changes in pulse oximetry, respirations, temperature, blood pressure, CO2 levels and heart rate. We keep our patients extremely light under anesthesia thanks to the nerve blocks which allow us to maintain a near waking state in almost all patients