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 health is very important to the long-term health of your cat. Research has shown that dental disease is associated with worsening of heart and kidney disease, diabetes, arthritis, age complications, and many more serious illnesses. Preventative dental care is critical and treatment include things like: balanced dental diets, tooth brushing, appropriate treats and supplements. We would love to help you prevent dental disease in your cat!
Dental cleanings (also called Dental Prophys) take approximately 45 minutes to 2 hours to professionally clean, scale, sub-gingival scale, polish and apply and rinse off with a fluoride treatment. As this involves sharp and noisy equipment, all cats must be asleep for this procedure. This also allows an opportunity to take radiographs of tooth roots to look for disease, assess the oral cavity, tongue, tonsils, back of the throat and gums, that cats rarely allow us to evaluate while they are awake.
What are signs of dental problems in cats?
Signs of dental disease in cats is very subtle. Some are more tired/sleep more, others have a mild decrease in appetite or change in food texture preference, others have significant mouth pain.
Are some breeds more susceptible than others?
All cats are susceptible to dental disease, and age does play a role in tartar accumulation and gingivitis.
What is feline tooth resorption?
Feline tooth resorption, or FORL, is a disease that has currently only been identified in cats. Through an as-of-yet unknown mechanism, the root of certain teeth suddenly dies, and the body begins to resorb the tooth from the middle out. This can cause a “neck lesion,” or a narrowing and loss of tooth enamel of the tooth at the gum line. Frequently, the tooth will break at this point, causing infection and pain.
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 Tuesday, March 24, 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 506.857.4271. 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. If you do not have a cell phone please knock our door to let us know you have arrived and then return to your vehicle.
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 - 5:00 pm.
4. If you are ordering food or medications, please allow 3-5 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. We are limiting pet food purchases to 2 bags/cases per order. 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.
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.