After leasing our previous building for 19 years, Nottingham Animal Hospital moved to a new location in October, 2008. We purchased the Victorian house located at 3607 Nottingham Way, in Hamilton, so that we could continue to provide the BEST medical care for your pets. The building is a 1904 Victorian House, with beautiful woodwork, stained glass, and the character you can only find in a vintage house. We have done extensive renovation in the original building, and added an addition on the back of the building. We think this is the perfect location and building, and we love our home !
In October, 2009, after 19 years on Route 33, we moved to our current location on Nottingham Way. We purchased a 1904 Victorian Home which formerly was a hair salon and a doctor office. We added on to the original home, and after extensive renovations, we LOVE our new building!!
Our Reception Area features original woodwork, 2 original pocket doors (one of which was found enclosed in a wall), a saltwater fishtank, custom animal tiles on the fireplace, original stained glass windows, and comfortable seating.
We have five comfortable exam rooms, 3 of which are furnished with lift tables for our larger canine patients. Three of the rooms have exterior windows, one of which looks out to the 62″ diameter Black Oak tree to the side of the building.
Our Treatment area, or “the back” is where the doctors and technicians administer treatments, draw bloodwork, fill prescriptions, give injections, and perform in-house laboratory tests. The treatment area contains recovery and ICU cages and a special cage for administering oxygen if needed. There is a tub sink for therapeutic bathing and water treatments, a scrub sink for surgery, prep area for surgical instruments, and a full pharmacy.
Our sterile surgery room contains a heated surgery table and surgical monitoring equipment (ECG, Pulse Oximeter, and Blood Pressure monitor). Surgical equipment is sterilized in the treatment area, and stored in a pass-through to the surgery room. All of our surgical patients are administered IV fluids during surgery and receive pain medications. A surgical nurse monitors anesthesia at all times, and patients are also required to have pre-surgical bloodwork prior to surgery to minimize as many risks as possible.
Our dental suite consists of a dedicated room for dental procedures. We have a digital dental radiograph machine, high speed ultrasonic cleaner and polisher, and anesthesia monitoring equipment (pulse oximeter, blood pressure monitor, ECG).
WHAT HAPPENS WHEN MY PET HAS A DENTAL CLEANING?
Dental disease is one of the most common problems that we see in our pets. Studies have shown that 85% of all dogs and cats over one year old have some degree of periodontal disease. Imagine what our mouths would look like if we didn’t brush our teeth for several years! Some common signs that your pet may be having dental disease is a smelly breath, visible tartar and plaque buildup, sensitivity when eating, excessive drooling, swollen face or gums. But worse, dental disease is often very PAINFUL for your pet.
If you suspect that your pet may be suffering from dental disease, please make an appointment for an examination. If we recommend a dental cleaning for your pet, we will take a pre-surgical blood test, which will check your pet’s kidney, liver, thyroid levels, blood count, and other biochemical indicators of general health. We require these tests for all pets prior to sedation.
Dental cleanings in pets need to be performed under sedation. Your pet is anesthetized to a light level of sedation, and a technician monitors the patient at all times, in addition to an EKG, blood pressure and pulse oximeter monitor. We scale the tartar and plaque from the teeth with hand instruments and ultrasonic cleaners, both above and below the gumline. We then examine each tooth for periodontal disease by probing for periodontal pockets, and polish each individual tooth to smooth the surface and prevent plaque from attaching again. Then flouride is applied to the teeth, and a protective dental sealant is applied to the teeth. Dental radiographs may be taken to determine the health of the teeth and the surrounding gum tissues, and further treatments, such as extractions or periodontal antibiotic treatments, are performed.
Veterinary dentists recommend daily teeth brushing to decrease the tartar and plaque from forming on the teeth after the dental cleaning. We also recommend Hill’s T/D diet to prevent tartar formation. Home care is best started at a young age before the adult teeth erupt. Most pets will readily accept tooth brushing if a daily routine is established at home. We also are pleased to recommend ORAVET, a new dental sealant which is applied during the dental cleaning to prevent plaque from forming on the teeth. We can show you how to apply the home care product, which greatly reduces tartar, and only takes 30-60 seconds a week to apply! For more information about this product, please go to the ORAVET website.
For more information about dental disease and prevention, please contact our office.
Pet Dental and AVCD are other good websites for more pet dental health information.
We offer boarding for our feline patients in our beautiful new cat condos. The condos have nooks for the kitties to hide, a center litter box holder with external fan, and a view to the outside from most condos. Kitties must be up to date on their rabies and FVRCP vaccines. Space is limited, so call early for the best condos!
Dr. Graham, Dr. Rankin, and the business offices are upstairs, as well as the employee lounge/kitchen where we hold staff meetings and informational seminars. Elsie also inhabits the second floor, but occasionally Elsie will sneak down to see what is happening in the reception area.
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