We remain open to provide care for your pets. We are following the direction of government and regulatory authorities and have implemented hospital and visit protocols to keep both you and our team safe. For regular updates on our hours and visit protocols, please follow our social media platforms.
Nerve blocks are an essential component of a high-quality dentistry service in small-animal practice and contribute extensively to maximizing the safety of the anesthetic event.
Just like in humans, local anesthesia is very beneficial when it comes to managing pain during dental treatments for dogs and cats. Pain resulting from oral surgery will decrease your animal’s interest in food and can cause unwanted stress in postoperative care.
Local anesthetics are incredibly effective, inexpensive and easy to use. They work by preventing pain impulses from reaching the central nervous system. This will help reduce the doses of general anesthetic used during the dental procedure. They are used to block individual teeth or a specific nerve pathway to completely desensitize an anatomical area.
Examples of local anesthetic drugs are: lidocaine and bupivacaine and some of the most common regional blocks are described below.
Caudal mandibular (inferior alveolar): injecting around the caudal foramen, that is located in the jaw will effectively anesthetize inferior alveolar nerve, affecting bone, dental and soft tissues on the same side, cranial (towards the nose) to the injection site.
Maxillary or infra-orbital block: the infra-orbital foramen is a structure that is located around the 4th premolar on the upper dental arcade, and injecting an anesthetic in this area will anesthetize the buccal aspect (the outside) of the upper dental arcade.
Local blocks are and should be used routinely to promote comfort to your pet. Header image placement of a needle for an infra-orbital block on a canine.
Below are a few suggestions should you come across injured or orphaned wildlife. First, you need to determine if the wild animal is indeed injured or abandoned without putting yourself in harm’s way. Try not to have too much contact with the animal or to disturb the surroundings. If you are unsure, it is best that you leave it be and call a wildlife specialist to notify them about the animal and its location. Certain animals like rabbits and deer often leave their young alone for long periods throughout the day. If it appears healthy and well, do not disturb the animal.
With recent changes to restrictions on businesses, we are pleased to advise that effective May 11, 2020 the restrictions on veterinary practices have been lifted. Based on these changes, below are some important updates to our operating policies.
1. WE CONTINUE TO SEE ALL CASES BY APPOINTMENT ONLY
This includes vaccines, wellness exams, blood work, heartworm testing, spays and neuters, dental services, and more!
Note: Priority will be given to urgent or sick pets, as well as time-sensitive puppy/kitten vaccinations.
2. SAFETY MEASURES TO KEEP EVERYONE SAFE
Continue our "closed waiting room" policy to protect our clients and staff. When you arrive, please remain outside the hospital and use your cell phone to call 204-269-8162. We will take a history of your pet's health and discuss any concerns. A staff member will then meet you at the hospital entrance to bring your pet into the hospital for an examination. The Veterinarian will call you to discuss the recommended treatment plan. After your appointment, a staff member will return your pet to you at the entrance and take care of any needed medications and payment.
Continue the use of credit cards as the preferred payment method.
Continue with curbside pickup of food and medication (unless you have used our online store and are having your order delivered directly to your home). To place an order through our online store, visit our website and click on "Online Store".
3. ONLINE CONSULTATIONS ARE AVAILABLE
If you wish to connect with a veterinarian via message, phone or video, visit our website and follow the "Online Consultation" link.
4. OPERATING HOURS
We are OPEN with the following hours:
- Monday: 8:00 am - 7:00 pm - Tuesday to Thursday: 7:30 am - 7:00 pm - Friday: 8:00 am - 6:00 pm - Saturday: 8:00 am - 4:00 pm - Sunday: CLOSED
5. PET BOARDING & GROOMING
We are happy to announce that our pet grooming services have resumed as of May 4, 2020. We’re open for grooming appointments Monday to Friday from 8 am – 5 pm. There may be a wait list, so contact us to reserve your spot!
Our pet boarding services have reopened on May 11, 2020 at a limited capacity. Please call us at 204-261-5928 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more.
Thank you for your patience and understanding and we look forward to seeing you and your furry family members again!
- Your dedicated team at Centennial Animal Hospital