COHAT = Comprehensive Oral Health Assessment & Therapy
This term was born through discussions on the Veterinary Information Network as veterinarians tried to deal with the frustrations that come from using common terms such as “a dental” or a “routine prophy”.
It’s very common for pet owners to call around to various pet hospitals and ask “How much is a dental for my dog?” What is wrong with using the term “a dental”? For one thing, the word “dental” is an adjective, as in dental disease, dental pain, dental school, dental instrument. It is not a noun. You cannot get “a dental” done for your pet any more than you can get “a medical” done for you.
Asking how much a “dental” costs would be like calling restaurants to ask “How much does dinner cost?”, or asking a car dealer “How much does a car cost?” There is so much more that needs to be known in order to compare. Are you looking for a fast-food meal, casual dining or an elegant restaurant to impress someone special? Does that meal include dessert and drinks? Does this car have leather upholstery and a fine sound system? Is it new or used? What is the expected MPG? Is there a service warranty with car exchange included?
Things you need to know when comparing dentistry treatments include:
A true COHAT has 23 steps, as defined by Fraser A. Hale, DVM, FAVD, Diplomate AVDC (BTW: all those extra letters after his name indicate the number of specialty certificates he has in veterinary dentistry).