We remain open to provide care for your pets. We are following the direction of government and regulatory authorities and have implemented hospital and visit protocols to keep both you and our team safe. For regular updates on our hours and visit protocols, please follow our social media platforms.

Canine Dental Issues and How to Help at Home.

To prevent serious dental disease, it is recommended to brush your pet’s teeth at home at least two to three times per week and take your pet for a professional dental cleaning once a year if necessary.

As your pet ages, depending on the breed of dog, dental disease may be more prevalent in some breeds. Below are 7 of the top breeds of dogs that suffer from dental disease:

Pug. Those squishy faces may be cute, but they usually have some of the worst teeth.

  • Yorkshire Terrier
  • Chihuahua
  • Italian Greyhound
  • Shetland Sheepdog
  • Cavalier King Charles Spaniel
  • Maltese

Periodontal Disease in dogs when food particles and bacteria accumulate along the dog’s gumline, it can form plaque, which, when combined with saliva and minerals, will transform into calculus. It causes gum irritation and leads to an inflammatory condition called gingivitis.

What can we do as pet parents to help keep our dogs’ teeth as healthy as possible? Here are seven tips to make brushing your dog’s teeth an easy task:

  1. Use a specially designed pet toothbrush, not a human toothbrush. Even the softest human brush is too coarse for a canine.
  2. Use only veterinarian-approved pet toothpaste, human toothpaste is not designed to be swallowed and can upset a dog’s stomach.
  3. Start by offering the dog a taste of the toothpaste to get it used to the smell and taste. With the various flavours available, you will probably find that different dogs have different favourites that will help them accept brushing more easily than other flavours. So if one flavour doesn’t seem to appeal to a dog, try another.
  4. Put some toothpaste on the brush and lift the dog’s lip up from the side and brush the teeth you can reach from the side.
  5. As the dog gets used to the brushing, you will be able to progress to opening the mouth wider and brushing the molars and the inside surfaces of the teeth as well as the outsides.
  6. Keep the brushing sessions light and fun for the dog, with lots of attention, praise and affection.
  7. If your dog gets anxious or resists, take a break for the day and try the next day again. You may have to try brushing the teeth in smaller sessions each day. Pretty soon, your dog will get used to the idea of having his teeth cleaned.

When you are done, be sure to give your dog lots of praise and maybe a dental treat to end the session with a positive note.

The end goal is to have a happy, healthy dog from tail to mouth. One of the best ways to do this is to keep your dog’s teeth as healthy as possible.

If you have any questions, give us a call at 709.368.7981.

Written by: Sunrise Animal Hospital

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COVID-19: Additional measures we are taking

Dear Clients,

Due to the close contact that our work requires, we have taken additional measures to protect you and our team while providing care for your furry family members.

The following changes are effective as of Monday, March 23, 2020:

1. We are currently operating a “closed waiting room” policy to protect our clients and staff. When you arrive, please remain in your vehicle and use your cell phone to call us at 709.368.7981. We will take a history of your pet from outside your car, and bring your pet into the clinic for an examination with the veterinarian. Once the examination is finished, the Doctor will either call you or come out to talk to you to discuss the treatment etc for your pet. For those who do not have a mobile phone, an easy knock at the door will work the same way!

2. We are continuing to accept appointments for urgent or sick pets, as well as time-sensitive puppy/kitten vaccinations. All other services will be scheduled for a later time.

3. We are still OPEN with the following hours: Monday to Friday: 8:00 am - 8:00 pm. Saturday & Sunday: Closed.

4. If you are ordering food or medications, please allow 2-4 business days as our suppliers are dealing with increased demand and are trying to fill orders as quickly as possible. We will advise you as soon as your order arrives. Pick up will ONLY be available between the hours of 2:00-4:00PM and 6:00-8:00PM from Monday to Friday.Please call us when you arrive to pick up your order, but do not enter the hospital. Our staff will bring your order to your car and take payment over the phone. You can also use our online store and have your food delivered directly to your home. To sign up for the online store, visit our website.

5. For the time being, we are not accepting cash as payment. Payments for appointments can be taken over the phone by credit card or by e-transfer. E-transfers can be sent to info@sunrise-vet.ca.

Following the recommendations of our government and medical experts, we are doing our best to practice social distancing within the constraints of our roles. As such, we have taken measures to avoid both contracting and facilitating the spread of this virus.

Thank you for helping us be diligent for everyone's safety. As we have heard from all levels of government, the situation is fluid and any updates will be provided as changes occur.

- Your dedicated team at Sunrise Animal Hospital