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 health is essential for ensuring a happy and healthy cat. Dental disease is the most common disease that we see in our cats and can affect cats of any age. It is important to start dental care early, to set up success for oral health long term, but starting dental care at any point in your cats life is still going to be extremely beneficial.
Dental disease is one of the most common illnesses that veterinarians see in cats over three years of age – your cat may be experiencing dental disease and hiding it from you. Here are some symptoms that could indicate your cat is suffering from dental diseases such as periodontal disease, gingivitis, and cervical neck lesions also called oral resorptive lesions.
Signs & Symptoms
Appears hungry but will not attempt to eat (sniffs food and walks away)
Decreased interest in food
Reluctance to eat or chew food
Food will drop out of the mouth when trying to eat
Chews from only one side of their mouth
Blood tinged saliva
Halitosis – bad breath
They may paw at their mouth or shake their head
Weight loss due to the reluctance or inability to eat
Prefers only canned food as this can be swallowed rather than chewed.
Feline Tooth Resorption It is a common condition that can affect up to 60 % of all cats in some form, with the majority of those cats being 5 years of age or older. Feline tooth resorption starts as the loss of the tooth enamel and then results in the eventual destruction of the teeth. Unfortunately, it is not yet known why tooth resorption occurs and the only known treatment is an extraction of the affected and painful teeth.
A cat may experience pain when it bites down on food or if the tooth is touched during an oral exam. The affected cat appears to be hungry and attempts to eat, but experiences difficulty doing so. Warning signs of tooth resorption can be a cat that has a head tilt while trying to eat, trying to chew with one side of its mouth, food falling or dropping from its mouth, unable to eat any dry food, as well as gulping or swallowing food whole.
Oral health is crucial to monitor dental changes within your cat’s mouth and prevent this disease from taking hold; having an annual health examination which includes an oral health exam is an essential part of your cats’ wellness routine. Working closely with your veterinary team helps keep your feline friend happy and healthy for many years to come.
With recent changes to restrictions on businesses, we are pleased to advise that effective May 19, 2020 some 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
We are currently on an open door policy with a limit of up to 4 people inside the hospital at a time.
Only 1 person per pet will be allowed for visits.
We ask that you wear a mask when in our building and encourage you to bring your own. While in the exam room please minimize contact and keep with our social distancing protocols in the confined space. We are unable to offer the use of our hospital washroom at this time.
You may choose to continue with the "closed-door" approach and we can obtain a history over the phone and then collect the pet at the door for the exam. The Veterinarian will then 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.
Curbside pickup is no longer being offered. You can now come in to pick up and pay for your orders.
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. You will be connected to an on-call veterinarian that may be located at a different hospital.
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, Wednesday, Thursday: 8:00 am - 7:00 pm Tuesday, Friday: 8:00 am - 6:00 pm Saturday: 8:00 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!