Our team continues to be here for you and your cherished pets. We are OPEN and are now able to provide a wide range of services. To learn more about the changes we have implemented in response to COVID-19 and what to expect during your next visit, click here.
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.
With recent changes to restrictions on businesses, we are pleased to advise that some restrictions on veterinary practices have been lifted. We are now allowing a limited number of clients in our clinic, however, we still encourage clients to stay in their cars where possible for annual exams, vaccines, wellness exams etc. Based on these changes, below are some important updates to our operating policies.
1. WE CAN NOW SEE ALL CASES BY APPOINTMENT ONLY
This includes vaccines, wellness exams, blood work, spays and neuters, dental services, and more!
2. SAFETY MEASURES TO KEEP EVERYONE SAFE
Continue our "closed waiting room" policy to protect our clients and staff. When you arrive, please remain outside the hospital and use your cell phone to call us.
Please discuss with the doctor when called during your appointment time if you wish to come into the building. This may not always be possible as there will be a limited number of clients in the building at one time as proper disinfection of exam rooms will have to be completed between appointments.
If you are coming into the building, an assistant will come to get you and your pet and escort you to the exam room.
Clients are required to use disinfection stations upon entering the building
Masks are to be worn at all times while in the clinic and social distancing must be strictly adhered to in our exam rooms.
If you have been ill with fever, headache, shortness of breath, trouble breathing, flu like symptoms or have travelled in the last two weeks, we kindly ask that you not enter our facility.
Continue the use of credit cards as the preferred payment method.
Continue with curbside pickup of food and medication (unless you have used our online store and are having your order delivered directly to your home). To place an order through our online store, visit our website and click on "Online Store".
3. ONLINE CONSULTATIONS ARE AVAILABLE
If you wish to connect with a veterinarian via message, phone or video, visit our website and follow the "Online Consultation" link.
4. NEW PET OWNERS
Have you welcomed a new furry family member to your home? We’d love to meet them! Visit our Must Know New Pet Owner Information page for useful resources and helpful recommendations for new pet owners.
5. OPERATING HOURS
We are OPEN with the following hours:
- Monday to Thursday: 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
- Friday: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
- Saturday: 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
- Sunday: CLOSED
Thank you for your patience and understanding and we look forward to seeing you and your furry family members again!