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.
Dental care is a very important aspect of a cat’s overall health. Dental disease is one of the most common issues that we see and untreated dental disease can lead to other serious health problems. Bacteria from the mouth can get into the bloodstream and affect other organs including the heart, lungs, kidneys and liver. As with humans, dental disease can be painful, so it is important to bring your cat in for a regular dental check-up.
Dental cleanings are always done under general anesthetic and so we follow the same preparation as with any other surgery. We will do pre-anesthetic blood work, place an IV catheter for IV fluids, then sedate them, before placing an endotracheal tube for the gas anesthetic. Once under anesthetic, a full dental examination will be done by evaluating each tooth and charting on a dental chart. The teeth will then be scaled and polished just like if you were at the dentist. Any other concerns are noted as well as, any extractions that would have been necessary.
What are signs of dental problems in cats?
Some signs of dental problems can include bad breath, drooling, changes in eating or chewing habits and pawing at the face. You may also notice in the mouth brown or yellow buildup (tartar) on the teeth, redness, swelling and bleeding of the gums. If you notice any of these concerns, please call us to book an appointment with a veterinarian for a dental exam.
Are some feline breeds more susceptible than others?
Every cat is different in how susceptible they are to having dental disease, but there are certain breeds that are more prone such as Abyssinians, Oriental breeds and Persians.
What is feline tooth resorption?
Cats do not get cavities like humans but get feline tooth resorption which can be very painful for cats. A tooth affected by this condition will start to break down, usually starting at the gum line and will continue to the root and crown of the tooth. The reason why feline tooth resorption happens is not fully known and the only treatment is to extract the teeth affected by this condition, as once it starts it can not be reversed.
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 - 5:00 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. 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 email@example.com.
Online consultations are now available! If you wish to connect with a veterinarian via message, phone or video, visit our website and follow the "Online Consultation" link.
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.