A few weeks ago, I wrote about the importance of good dental hygiene for our dogs and cats. As the owner of a grooming shop, I see the neglected teeth of many pets, but don't believe I have any truly effective solutions I can offer to my clients (other than to recommend them to a vet for an expensive dental cleaning that probably involves anesthesia).
After googling forums, articles, companies, products, etc., I came across this company:
I found them through an online article I read about a former Wall Street guy who was bringing them in to service his clients at his high end doggy daycare centers in Manhattan.
I read through their website, read online reviews about them, and have had several phone and email conversations with them. I believe they could be a great alternative to dental cleanings that require anesthesia.
Since they are not located here in Philadelphia, I will need to schedule a 1 or 2-day clinic - probably April-May 2012 timeframe - for them to come in. The two main benefits of bringing them here - they are cost-effective and don't use anesthesia. They estimate their teeth cleanings run around $180 to $210 for a thorough/complete cleaning. A traditional cleaning, with anesthesia, can run several hundred dollars more, plus involve an office visit fee, exam fee, etc. If the dental problem is too severe for them to treat, i.e. periodontal disease, they will not treat the dog or cat, but will recommend the client take their pet to a veterinarian.
By the way, in accordance with PA state regulations, a licensed veterinarian will be present to ensure compliance with current veterinary practices, provide advice and guidance, as well as respond to any medical issues should they arise.
So, this is how it will work:
1) If you are interested, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Let me know what animal you have (dog or cat), and what breed. Please provide contact information, too...a phone number AND email address.
2) Once the required minimum number of participants has been reached, I will contact everyone to confirm they are still interested, PLUS will need to ask for a deposit - probably $75, but will confirm the amount later. The purpose of the deposit is to ensure attendance. This company is from out-of-state, and they need to ensure it's worth their while coming here.
3) Each participant will be given an appointment - in 1/2 hour increments. Come in at your appointed time, though keep in mind, it's probable the clinic may be running a little behind.
4) The dental technician will take your pet back to the area we will set aside for the cleanings. Hopefully, within 20 to 30 minutes, or less, your pet will be back with shiny, clean, polished teeth.
If this clinic is a success (i.e. large turnout, most people happy and satisfied), I will consider offering more clinics throughout the year.
I look forward to hearing from you, and hope you will participate. Please pass this information on. Thank you.