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    Important Announcement from Drs. Molly and Steve
    To all of our wonderful clients and friends:

    I am writing to inform you that Dr. Steve Barten and I will be retiring at the end of December.

    This is a bittersweet letter to write. We both have been practicing veterinary medicine for over four decades. Over these many years we have been a part of your lives by virtue of caring for your beloved pets. We’ve experienced your joy of having a new furry (or scaly!) family member, as well as your sorrow of loss. There’s a special bond that veterinarians have with their clients and their pets, and we have been honored to share that with you.

    The best part of veterinary medicine has been our patients. It’s such a pleasure to come to work every day and be able to help so many wonderful animals. We’ll miss the wagging tails from dogs and the head butts from cats, and we’ll also miss the ones that weren’t so crazy about seeing us! After these many years, we have our tricks, and it was always satisfying to be able to help put some of our more anxious patients at ease.

    We are leaving you in the caring and capable hands of Dr. Susan Sneed and Dr. Jeremy Caseltine. Most of you already know them, and I assure the rest of you that you will find them to be excellent veterinarians.

    We truly appreciate your trust and loyalty, and we’ll miss seeing you all.

    Dentistry Photos

    Check out some of our before and after dentistry photos!

    Amazing Results

    Check out these images of an actual case. The left image shows before treatment, with significant tartar and calculus buildup on the biggest teeth. Most pets over the age of 5 look just like this, or even worse. The right image was taken 25 minutes later, after ultrasonic scaling, curetting any pockets under the gums, and polishing the teeth with prophy paste. There is an instant, dramatic improvement in appearance, gum health, and fresh breath! Use the slider on the image to view the differences!

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    A Busy Day at the Dentist

    The following three dogs all had their teeth professionally cleaned at Vernon Hills Animal Hospital on the same day. This is a typical example of the types of dental cases we see. Here are the before and after images that we sent home with their owners.

    This dog was missing its lower canine tooth on this side. The teeth cleaned up well but there is significant gingivitis that required antibiotics to cure.

    This dog’s teeth cleaned up well but there are permanent silver stains on the canine teeth from chewing on metal that do not come off even with professional cleaning.

    This dog had advanced gingivitis and periodontal disease with a number of abscessed teeth. Whole mouth dental X-rays were taken. The poor guy needed 12 extractions. Early dental care might have prevented this, but he will feel better once the rotten teeth are out and the gums heal.