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What to Expect at Your Appointment

Since a primary goal of our hospital is to educate the next generation of veterinarians, our veterinary students play a role in treating all of our patients.

Under the direct supervision of a faculty member, resident, or a Veterinary Dentistry technician, our students perform basic treatments such as radiographs, probing and charting (where each tooth and periodontal pocket is evaluated using a small dental probe), and scaling and polishing teeth. Surgeries and more advanced procedures are performed by a faculty member or a resident, with students observing.

Most dentistry and oral surgery patients can expect the following at their appointment:

Initial Consultation Appointment

  • First time seeing the dentistry service, an annual exam, or 6 month exam.
  • This appointment can take one to one and half hours to complete. During the consultation, a student will greet you and your pet and obtain a health history about your pet. A resident or faculty member will do an awake oral exam and physical exam on your pet. The dentistry team will go over a treatment plan(s) and help you decide what would work best for you and your animal. We may draw blood for lab work. Finally, a dentistry staff member will go over an estimated cost of the treatment plan, anesthesia consent form, and a CPR directive with you either in person or by email. We are currently scheduling procedures sometime after the consultation exam is complete. The consultation exam and procedure will no be done on the same day. A deposit of 80% of the low end of the estimate is always required before the day of the procedure.
  • If you need to have your pet spend the night due to travel or prior engagements, your pet may medically board overnight in our intermediate care ward for a minimum cost of $75.
  • The fee for the initial consultation exam will be $136.

Drop-Off for a Procedure Appointment

  • Your pet has already had a consultation exam in the last 6 months.
  • Please be sure to fast your pet. No food after 10 p.m. the night before, they can have water until the morning of.
  • If your pet was prescribed medication, please give it at the appropriate time discussed with you before the procedure.  
  • You will be greeted by a student and/ or a dentistry resident when you arrive to drop off your pet in the morning. If you have not signed your estimate, anesthesia consent form, and CPR directive you will do so at this time. Please allow for 15 minutes to complete these important forms. You will also be required to leave the 80% of the low end of the estimate deposit before leaving your pet. This can be done at either our Financial Services counter or Small animal reception where you checked in.
  • Your pet will spend the day at the Veterinary Teaching Hospital. We will call you after their procedure is complete and give you a pick up time. This is typically two hours after they are out of anesthesia.
  • If your pet will be needing to spend the night after it’s procedure, the dentistry team will discuss this with you either at your consultation exam, or we will call during the procedure to make the recommendation.
  • Total cost for a procedure varies.

Recheck Exam Appointment

  • Your pet has had a procedure within the last six months.
  • This appointment takes 30 to 40 minutes. If this is a routine 2-8 week post extractions exam, a dentistry resident or faculty member will go over home oral care with you at this time.
  • There are some animals that will require multiple rechecks post procedure for various reasons.
  • The fee for this exam is $49.

Medical Records

We appreciate having your pet’s records ahead of time to help us review their history more thoroughly. If you would like us to have your pet’s previous medical records from your regular veterinarian, please have your pet’s veterinary team send them to us via email at, or by fax at 970-297-1205. Please be sure they attention any email or fax to Dentistry and Oral Surgery.

Price Estimates

Our general price range for a dental cleaning starts at $1,150. That price includes the following:

  • Consultation exam
  • Lab work
  • Anesthesia
  • Full mouth x-rays
  • Cleaning healthy teeth
  • Operating costs
  • Recovery post procedure

Our general price range for a dental procedure with extractions is typically $1,350- $2,450. That price includes the following:

  • Consultation exam
  • Lab work
  • Anesthesia
  • Full mouth x-rays
  • Cleaning healthy teeth
  • Extracting unhealthy teeth
  • Operating costs
  • Medications to take home
  • Recovery post procedure

Missed Appointments

Missed/canceled consultation appointments: Consultation appointments must be cancelled within 24 hours of the appointments to avoid a missed appointment fee. If the appointment is cancelled less than 24 hours in advanced or missed entirely, a $125 missed appointment fee will be charged. If you need to cancel your pet's dentistry appointment, please call 970-297-4474.​​​


 Stray animal policy


Stray animal policy

If you find a stray animal, please call the
Larimer Humane Society, 3501 E​. 74th St., Loveland, (Map​​), (970) 226-3647.

Please DO NOT bring stray animals to the hospital during these hours:
Monday-Friday 8 a.m.-6 p.m.
Saturday-Sunday 8 a.m.-4 p.m.

The hospital will accept stray animals when the Humane Society is closed:
Monday-Friday 6 p.m.-8 a.m.
Saturday-Sunday 4 p.m.-8 a.m.​​​​

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Colorado State University
Veterinary Teaching Hospital
300 West Drake Road
Fort Collins, Colorado, 80523

(970) 297-5000

(970) 297-1205

(970) 297-5000
Client Consult Line:
(970) 297-4474
Referring Veterinarian Consult Line:
(970) 297-4474