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 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.
With recent changes to restrictions on businesses, we are pleased to advise that effective May 4, 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
We are allowing 1 client per pet into the hospital (up to a maximum of 3 clients in our hospital at one time). When you arrive, please remain outside the hospital and use your cell phone to call us so a staff member can meet you at the door and bring you and your pet into the hospital for an examination.
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 be mindful of physical distancing in the confined space.
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.
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. OPERATING HOURS
We are OPEN with the following hours:
Monday: 7:00 am - 7:00 pm Tuesday: 7:00 am - 6:00 pm Wednesday and Thursday: 7:00 am - 7:00 pm Friday: 7:00 am - 6:00 pm Saturday: 8:30 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!