How do I get an appointment?
We are located at the Guelph's first veterinary multi-specialty private practice, Guelph Veterinary
Specialty Hospital in Guelph, Ontario, Canada. If you have a regular veterinarian, please call his or
her hospital to arrange a referral to our service. Your general practitioner will contact us to provide
your pet's medical history and will arrange an appointment for you. If you are a patient for one of
the other services at our hospital, you may be internally referred to our service.
What kind of procedures do you do?
We provide a full range of dental and oral surgery services for a variety of patients including dogs,
cats, and small exotics including ferrets. We perform professional dental cleanings and assessments
in addition to more advanced procedures such as periodontal flap surgeries, complicated
extractions, palatal defect repairs, maxillary and mandibular fracture repairs, resections of oral
tumors, root canal therapies, crown restorations, and orthodontics for painful malocclusions.
How much will it cost?
The cost of dental and oral care varies widely depending on your pet's diagnosis and treatment
options. The costs of our services are comparable to other board certified specialist practices. Dr.
Haws will examine your pet and discuss with you the diagnostic and treatment recommendations,
and will provide an estimate. When indicated, a detailed examination and assessment under general
anesthesia also will be done and a more accurate estimate then will be reported directly to you
Will students perform my pet's dental procedures?
No. Final year veterinary students complete rotations with our service throughout the year. Their
primary role is to observe and assist with procedures. Your pet's dental and oral procedures, including
professional cleaning under general anesthesia, will be completed by the board certified veterinary
dental specialist, Dr. Haws.
Where are you located?
Guelph Veterinary Specialty Hospital is located in Guelph at 1460 Gordon Street, next to Campus
Estates Animal Hospital. Click on the following link to a map of the area.
If you are using a GPS system, please use the address "1460 Gordon Street, Guelph, Ontario". Look for
the signs on our hospital, "Guelph Veterinary Specialty Hospital" and "Veterinary Specialists". Please
check-in with reception upon your arrival.
Where do I park?
There is free parking in front of Guelph Veterinary Specialty Hospital.
I don't want to drive all the way home while I am waiting. What can I do in Guelph?
Here are some suggestions while you are waiting for your pet to be discharged:
Stone Road Mall - This is ten minutes northwest of us. There is a Chapter's bookstore with a Starbucks
where you can find a comfy seat and a good magazine while waiting.
The Guelph Arboretum - If you like flowers and gardening, this is fifteen minutes northeast of us and has
And, of course, Tim Horton's:
As always, you are welcome to wait in our reception area, but it is not the most exciting place in Guelph!
Will my pet require general anesthesia?
A physical examination while awake gives us some information about your pet's oral and dental
health, but many diseases remain hidden. Even for very quiet and friendly pets, they will not hold still
with their mouths open to safely allow us use dental instruments to clean and probe around all of their
teeth. The only safe way to have their teeth fully cleaned, including under the gumline, and to have a
detailed complete oral examination and assessment, is under general anesthesia.
We go to great lengths to ensure that your pet has a safe and uneventful anesthetic experience.
Preanesthetic testing helps to screen for any hidden diseases that will change how anesthesia is
performed. All vital parameters for your pet will be carefully and continuously monitored while under
anesthesia by our dedicated technician. Additionally, a special warming blanket used in pediatric
anesthesia is used by our service to help maintain normal body temperature. Local anesthesia
("freezing") is placed prior to surgery while under anesthesia to help reduce the amount of general
anesthesia required, resulting in a safer anesthesia.
Also, we are supported by the extensive knowledge and expertise of the veterinary anesthesia
specialists, who are involved directly in higher risk general anesthesias.
The regulatory body for veterinarians is the College of Veterinarians of Ontario. It determines the
minimum standards of care by veterinarians. Below is a link to their position statement on the use of
general anesthesia for dental cleanings:
What can my pet eat before surgery?
To undergo anesthesia, your pet will need to be fasted. This means no food after 9:00 pm the night before
surgery. Water does not need to be withheld. If your pet has any medical conditions, such as diabetes, that
may require different instructions. We will contact you prior to surgery to let you know.
How long will my pet be in the hospital?
Almost all of our patients go home the same day. Our patients are admitted the morning of dental and oral
procedures and generally go home in the afternoon or evening. We will be in touch with you through the
day to let you know when your pet will be ready for discharge.
How long will my pet take to recover from surgery?
Pets recover surprisingly quickly, even from major oral surgical procedures. Most of our patients are quiet
the first night home, but quickly return to their normal routines within a day or two. If your pet requires
special feeding instructions after surgery, such as softened food, we will let you know at the time of
discharge. Generally, we have our patients return for a recheck examination two weeks following oral and
dental procedures. This allows us to check their progress and make sure that they are healing well.
Do you send reports to my regular veterinarian?
Yes. For all consultations and procedures, your veterinarian will receive a written report detailing the
results of your pet's physical examination, any diagnostic and treatment recommendations, and any