Prepare for your visit

Your First Visit

We look forward to meeting you and your family pet soon. Before coming to our office, please review these few topics to ensure that we get all the necessary information PRIOR to your pet’s appointment.

Before Dr. Greenfield and Dr. Briggs sees your pet for either a wellness ATP (annual periodontal cleaning including dental x-rays) or for a particular procedure such as a root canal therapy, multiple extractions, or oral cancer surgery, it is essential that you follow this pet dentist visit checklist prior to visiting us:

Blood Work

  • Make sure your pet has current blood work (CBC, Chemistries, +/- Urinalysis) within the last 3 months. If your pet is a super-senior (>13-14 years), more current blood work is recommended as well as Chest X-rays. For senior cats, a Thyroid panel is also advised. These can be easily done by your family veterinary practice prior to your visit with Dr. Greenfield and Dr. Briggs.
  • Ask your family veterinarian to forward the lab values and most current medical record information to our office via fax (615-626-6015) or at prior to your pet’s scheduled visit.


Let us know what medications your pet is currently taking. We will tell you whether or not to give medication the morning of the procedure.

When to take up food

  • Take up food around 10 pm (or before you go to bed).
  • Water can be available to your pet all night (Do not withhold water).
  • Give any medication that is routinely given in the evening.
  • The morning of the procedure
    • No breakfast but water again is fine…and off to see Dr. Greenfield and Dr. Briggs!

If you have any questions regarding your pet’s upcoming visit, please call us at 615-626-6015.

Request an Appointment

A recent examination and bloodwork are needed for your pet's appointment. If your local veterinarian has this information please request a referral from your local veterinarian. Please have your general vet's office complete the referral form