Welcome to PERRY REFERRALS
SPECIALIST VETERINARY DENTISTRY AND ORAL SURGERY REFERRALS FOR CATS, DOGS & ZOO ANIMALS.
Perry Referrals provide both Referral Veterinary Dentistry and Oral Surgery Services from two veterinary hospitals in the South East of England: Grove Lodge Vets, and North Downs Specialist Referrals.
Perry Referrals also offer: Bespoke Continuing Education for Veterinary Surgeons and Nurses, Freelance Consultancy, Case Advice and Teleradiology Services.
MEET THE TEAM
DR. Rachel Perry
BSc, BVM&S, MANZCVS, Dipl.EVDC, MRCVS
EBVS ® European Veterinary Specialist, Dentistry
RCVS Specialist, Veterinary Dentistry
Honorary Lecturer in Dentistry in Clinical Science & Services, Royal Veterinary College, London; EVDC Examination Committee Member.
I am a Specialist in Veterinary Dentistry, which means I am specialised in treating conditions of the mouth and teeth of all animals.
I became a veterinary surgeon after six years of studying at Edinburgh University and in 2010 after several years as a general practice vet, I decided to specialise in dentistry, which meant I then dedicated all of my professional time to oral and dental problems.
In 2012, I passed the memberships examinations for the dentistry chapter of the Australian and New Zealand College of Veterinary Scientists. In 2016, I passed the challenging European Veterinary Dental College examinations to become an EBVS ® European Veterinary Specialist in dentistry and was granted RCVS Specialist status the following year.
I am currently 1 of only 8 Veterinary Specialists in veterinary dentistry in the United Kingdom, and 45 within Europe.
BRVN, ISFMCERT (FN), NCERT (ANAESTH)
Referral Veterinary Anaesthesia & Dental Nurse
I am an experienced Registered Veterinary Nurse, and hold the Nurses’ Certificate in: Veterinary Anaesthesia, the BVNA Oral Care Nurse Certificate, the BSAVA Merit in Anaesthesia and Emergency Critical Care, and the ISFM certificate in Feline Nursing.
I’m passionate about animals’ teeth and veterinary anaesthesia and analgesia (pain control).
I will liaise with you and your vet during the referral booking process to establish the best appointment, and also answer any questions you may have. On the day of the procedure, I work closely with Rachel to ensure our patients are comfortable, safe and stress-free from the moment they are with us, to the time they return home to you.
I am involved in the administration, maintenance and monitoring of the general anaesthetic. I also guarantee they receive lots of fuss and attention, and of course their favourite lunch!
I am constantly studying the fascinating subjects of dentistry, anaesthesia and analgesia and provide teaching on the subjects to fellow veterinary professionals.
I am available for bespoke in-house anaesthesia training sessions for your vets and nurses.
PERRY REFERRALS SPECIALISES IN:
CAT, DOG AND ZOO ANIMAL DENTISTRY AND ORAL SURGERY.
Intraoral digital dental radiography plus advanced imaging where needed (CT and MRI).
Treating and saving teeth affected by periodontal (gum) disease.
Treating and moving incorrectly positioned teeth.
Treating diseases of the pulp by root canal therapy and vital pulp therapy e.g. fractured teeth.
Jaw fracture repairs, oronasal fistula repair, cleft palate surgery, treatment of oral tumours.
Restorative dentistry and crown placement.
Specialising in the treatment of cat-specific diseases such as gingivostomatitis and orofacial pain syndrome.
HOW TO MAKE A REFERRAL
MAKING A REFERRAL IF YOU ARE A
If you would like to see me with your pet, please do get in touch in the first instance to discuss things – we’re happy to be contacted:
Email: [email protected]co.uk
Freephone: 0800 233 5668
Mobile: 07885 478277
In order to proceed with the referral, your vet will need to start the referral process by sending all your pet’s clinical records to us.
You will then be contacted by Stacey (in the photograph), or one of our colleagues at our veterinary hospitals to arrange a suitable appointment time.
We are always on hand to answer any questions you have either before the appointment, or after the treatment has taken place.
Don’t worry about asking your vet to be referred to us, it is standard practice and your vet will not be offended.
Unfortunately, due to RCVS Guidelines, we are not able to see you unless your vet refers you.
MAKING A REFERRAL IF YOU ARE A
CLINICS WHERE I SEE REFERRAL CASES
TUESDAYS & THURSDAYS
GROVE LODGE VETS
Grove Lodge Veterinary Hospital
Upper Brighton Road,
WEDNESDAY OR FRIDAY
NORTH DOWNS SPECIALIST REFERRALS
North Downs Specialist Referrals
The Friesian Buildings 3 & 4
The Brewerstreet Dairy Business Park
Brewer Street, Bletchingley, RH1 4QP.
What is a Veterinary Specialist?
A Veterinary Specialist is the equivalent of a consultant in human medicine. They have completed extensive additional training in a particular field, and then passed post-graduate examinations which evaluate both knowledge and practical skills.
Specialists must make an active contribution to their specialty, have national and international acclaim and publish widely in their field. In addition, they must re-apply for recognition every five years, demonstrating they still satisfy criteria for specialist status.
Specialising in veterinary dentistry focusses on diseases of the teeth and mouth in all species of animals and includes extensive oral surgery training. Specialist Veterinary Dentists have meticulous attention to detail and are trained to detect even the subtlest of problems that might otherwise be missed. We have accumulated many thousands of hours of radiographic and surgical training. In addition, we’re really passionate about oral and dental health.
The costs of seeing a Specialist veterinary dentistry reflect the knowledge, skills, equipment and materials required in providing the best dental service for your pet.
More information can be found here https://ebvs.eu/specialists and here https://findavet.rcvs.org.uk/find-a-vet-surgeon/by-specialist/ and here https://yourvetspecialist.org/
Why see a Veterinary Specialist with your Pet?
If you are worried about your pet’s health, your first port of call is always your regular vet. They are fully qualified to diagnose and treat a wide variety of conditions.
If there is a problem which is outside of their knowledge or expertise, they may suggest a referral to a veterinary specialist such as a veterinary dentist.
Alternatively, you may actually prefer to see a veterinary dentist if your pet has an oral or dental problem. After all, it’s all veterinary dentists do all day!
It’s also a bit like you seeing your dentist rather than your doctor if you have toothache. Your regular vet will organise a referral, which ensures all of your pet’s medical records are made available.
It is routine for vets to refer their patients onto Specialists, so please do not think that you will upset them by asking to be referred!
What Services do we offer?
- Dedicated veterinary anaesthesia referral nurse. Read more about Stacey.
- Meticulous oral and dental examination.
- Dental charting and digital photography.
- Digital dental radiography
- Locoregional anaesthesia (“nerve blocks”)
- Periodontal therapy
- Surgical extractions
- Routine cleaning (scaling, polishing and deeper cleaning under the gum)
- Orthodontic therapy (movement of teeth)
- Endodontic therapy (root canal therapy)
- Prosthodontics (crowns)
- Oral surgery (e.g. cleft palate repair)
- Restorations (“fillings”)
- Oral medicine
- Jaw fracture repairs
- Comprehensive, individual analgesic (pain-relief) plans
- Follow up oral homecare advice and support
Why does my pet need to have a general anaesthetic to be treated?
While we can sit still in the dentist’s chair and open-wide on command, this is not possible for animals. In order to make the procedure safe and painless, a general anaesthetic is required.
This ensures that your pet does not experience any discomfort or pain during the procedure. In addition, it enables us to make a thorough and detailed examination of the mouth, including probing underneath the gum to detect subtle problems and obtaining dental X-rays. A tube is down the airway at all times, providing oxygen and anaesthetic gases.
Are Dental X-rays really needed?
In a word, YES.
Dental X-rays provide invaluable information about the health of your pet’s teeth and surrounding jaw bone allowing an accurate diagnosis and selection of the most appropriate treatment option.
We use state-of-the art digital radiography systems which enable low doses of X-radiation, and superior quality radiographic images.
Will my pet be in any pain during or after the procedure?
We are dedicated to anticipating and alleviating pain for all of our patients.
We use a combination of pain killers for optimal effect, including; morphine-like drugs, anti-inflammatory pain killers and local anaesthetic nerve blocks.
We’ll often send you home with some pain-killing drugs for your pet, which can easily be given in food.
Are antibiotics required?
Surprisingly, antibiotics are rarely required for oral and dental problems, so do not be worried if you pet doesn’t receive them.
Will my pet be able to eat OK if they have any teeth extracted?
Many people are understandably worried if their pet needs to have teeth extracted. However, animals can eat just fine without any teeth if necessary.
Obviously we strive to preserve teeth where possible, but in some situations an infected and/or painful tooth is far better off being extracted.
Dissolvable stitches are placed to ensure your pet heals quickly and comfortably.
How can I keep my pet’s teeth clean and healthy?
The best way to keep your pet’s teeth clean is to brush them once a day with a pet toothpaste and a medium bristle toothbrush.
Most animals will accept this if it is introduced early enough in their life, even cats!
How long will my pet stay with you?
We normally admit patients first thing in the morning, and you will usually collect them the same afternoon, or early evening.
Occasionally, after major surgical procedures it’s better if they stay with us overnight, so we can ensure they have the highest levels of care and pain relief.
We call it the kitty/doggy Hilton.
What is Periodontal (gum) disease?
In people, periodontal disease is described as the silent killer, and the same could be argued for cats and dogs.
The disease is silent; dogs and cats behave normally, they continue to eat and do not show any overt signs of pain. As the mouth is often closed, the disease is hidden, and bad breath is inadvertently normalised.
Dog-breath/fish-face is NOT normal, and is the first signs of the disease!
Periodontal disease is essentially an infection and is caused by an invisible build-up of plaque bacteria on the tooth surface, which leads to a defensive immune response.
Imagine this like a battle ground, taking place underneath the gum. This initially leads to inflammation of the gums (gingivitis), which is reversible by removing all plaque and tartar, and then keeping plaque under control on a daily basis. If however the disease is allowed to progress, periodontitis can occur, where there is destruction of the jaw bone holding the teeth in their sockets resulting in their loss.
In addition, and perhaps more sinisterly, the bacteria under the gum enter the bloodstream every time the animal chews. This results in a constant stream of harmful bacteria into the bloodstream.
There is mounting evidence linking periodontal disease to diseases in other areas of the body, such as kidney disease. A recent study in cats not only showed that periodontal was a risk factor for kidney disease in the cat, but also that cats with moderate to severe periodontal disease would die at a younger age than those without.
In people, there is plenty of evidence linking periodontal disease with: diabetes mellitus, stroke and heart attack, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, chronic kidney disease, oral cancer, Alzheimer’s and earlier mortality. Scary!
HAVE A QUESTION?
Send Perry Referrals a Message.
If you’d like to speak to someone about any aspect of Veterinary Referrals, then please do send us a message.
Kindly be aware that both Rachel and Stacey are often busy helping other poorly animals, so there may be a delay before either one of them can reply back, but reply back they will.