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 disease is probably the most common and undertreated disease we see at our hospital. Dental pain can be underestimated since the disease usually progresses slowly, without your cat showing you that he/she is uncomfortable. Regular dental cleanings and home care (like a special dental diet) can help keep your cat’s teeth healthy and pain-free!
Unfortunately, our cats will not open and say “ah” for us to clean their teeth! As a result, all cats are placed under general anesthesia for their dental treatments. The procedure is very similar to having your own teeth cleaned, we use different gels and rinses to keep the bacteria count down and then clean, scale and polish all the teeth. Each tooth is probed for periodontal disease. We recommend all cats having full mouth dental radiographs during the procedure to identify any lesions under the gum line, especially resorptive lesions.
What are signs of dental problems in cats?
Many cats will not show you any signs of dental problems until they are very far advanced. However, you may notice some bad breath, pawing at the mouth, holding their head sideways when they chew, eating less dry kibble or only wanting canned food (because chewing hurts!). Some cats will also show sensitivity when you touch them around the mouth area.
Are some feline breeds more susceptible than others?
Any breed of cat can have dental disease. There have been examples of littermates where one has perfect teeth and the other needs a lot of dental treatment. Dental concerns are one of the reasons we recommend an annual examination of your cat. Problems can start at a young age. The more preventative health care we can do for your cat’s teeth, the more chance of your cat being able to keep all his/her teeth for their entire life!
What is feline tooth resorption?
Feline tooth resorption is a painful condition when the structure of the tooth starts to dissolve. These can essentially cause a hole or defect in the crown of the tooth that can extend into the pulp chamber which results in a great deal of pain once the nerve of the tooth is exposed. We don’t understand why some cats get these lesions and others don’t. In almost all cases, the preferred treatment is to remove the tooth causing the pain.
In April of 2018, I lost my best friend, Becky. She was my 13-year-old beagle I had loved since I was 8 years old. She was my whole world, and when she passed away, my heart was empty for a long time. I never thought I’d have another dog again.
With recent changes to restrictions on businesses, we are pleased to advise that effective May 19, 2020 the restrictions on veterinary practices have been lifted. 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, heartworm testing, spays and neuters, dental services, and more!
2. SAFETY MEASURES TO KEEP EVERYONE SAFE
Starting September 14, 2020, we will be allowing up to 3 clients in the building at a time. We ask that our clients wear a mask when entering the clinic. We will continue our "locked door" policy to protect our clients and staff. When you arrive, please remain outside the hospital and use your cell phone to call us. We will then ask if you are comfortable coming into the clinic (1 person per patient) as well as perform COVID screening questions. If you are comfortable coming into the clinic, a staff member will meet you outside to bring your pet into the hospital for the examination. If you are not comfortable coming into the clinic, the technician will phone you to take the history needed for your appointment and the Veterinarian will call you to discuss the recommended treatment plan. After your appointment, a staff member will return your pet to you outside, and take care of any needed medications and payment.
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 - please note that evening appointments are only available for vaccination clinics:
Monday: 8:00 am - 5:30 pm Tuesday to Thursday: 8:00am - 8:00pm Friday: 8:00am - 5:30pm Saturday: 8:30 am - 1:30 pm Sunday: Closed
Thank you for your patience and understanding and we look forward to seeing you and your furry family members again!