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.
Cats have the same dental problems that we do as humans. If cats do not get regular dental care, they will experience the same pain and suffering that we do, but they are not able to communicate this pain to us. It is vitally important that you have your cat’s teeth examined by your veterinarian on an annual basis to prevent dental problems and unnecessary pain.
Our dental cleanings are always done under general anesthesia, with full monitoring equipment and IV fluids. We radiograph the entire mouth and do a detailed clean and polish of all the teeth, including under the gum line.
What are signs of dental problems in cats?
Cats often hide dental issues and show no obvious signs of dental pain. Cats with significant dental disease will still be eating their normal amounts of food. Bad breath, tartar and red gums are some of the first problems we see. If a cat is having difficulty chewing or has stopped eating, then the dental disease is extreme and will likely require dental extractions and major intervention. Our goal is to prevent the dental disease from reaching this point through home care, dental diets and early interventions. Regular dental cleanings will be required to maintain your cat’s dental health, just as it is for your own teeth. We will discuss your cat’s dental needs during your office visit.
Are some breeds more susceptible than others?
Dental disease can be genetic, so if the parents of your kitty had bad teeth, they are more likely to have bad teeth. But that doesn’t mean every cat of that breed or colour is going to have dental disease. You can always discuss your cat’s risk level when you meet with one of our veterinarians.
What is feline tooth resorption?
Tooth resorption is a disease that is well known but not well understood. The newest studies show that all cats will possibly be affected by it if they live long enough. When a tooth begins to resorb, it is attacked by the cat’s immune system and it causes the inner sensitive layers of the tooth and blood supply to be exposed, which is quite painful. Sometimes, resorptive lesions occur only in the roots of the teeth and we only find it when we take radiographs of the tooth roots. The only treatment for tooth resorption is to extract the affected painful tooth.
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 403.246.1115. We will take a history from outside of your vehicle, and bring your pet into the clinic for an examination with the veterinarian. We will then return to your vehicle with your pet to discuss our recommended treatment plan.
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: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
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. Credit cards and debit card payments are still available.
6. 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.