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Dental care for your cat is very important to their overall health. A buildup of tartar over time can cause the gum line to recede and allow bacteria to enter the bloodstream, which could affect organ system function. Yearly check-ups are the best time to have to cats’ teeth assessed for any problems that you can’t see. An appointment with one of our vets can also be made for a dental consult.
Dental cleanings are done under general anesthetic. Once asleep, the veterinarian will visually assess and probe the teeth and record the findings on a dental chart. All the teeth are then scaled above the gumline, and we will also clean under the gum line to remove any buildup of tartar that has collected. Every dental has full mouth radiographs (x-rays) of each tooth. The radiography of all the teeth is done to look at the health of the roots which will help us identify if any teeth need to be extracted. Then all of the teeth are polished providing a smooth surface of the crowns of the teeth making it more difficult for the bacteria and plaque to adhere to the tooth surfaces.
What are the signs of dental problems in cats?
Some signs can be bad odour coming from the mouth, difficulties with chewing dry food, personality change such as sleeping more than usual and being less active. Some people may interpret these things as “getting old” or “slowing down,” but this could be a sign of dental pain. Cats are known to hide pain very well.
Are some feline breeds more susceptible than others?
Not directly, no. However, genetics can play a role in the health of the mouth and gums, and some shorter faced breeds have abnormal alignment of the teeth, which causes early dental disease. Some cats are more susceptible to tartar build up due to the amount of bacteria in their mouth.
What is feline tooth resorption?
Feline tooth resorption refers to the breakdown of the structures holding the tooth in place, and then the tooth itself. Feline Oral Resorptive Lesion (FORLs) occur in cats. Some cats are genetically predisposed to FORLs which means they can happen at any age. Some cats may never develop this issue, but for many cats, it may be a recurring problem. FORLs may look like an inflamed area on the gums, over the teeth. This inflammatory lesion can cause significant pain in your feline friend, which may affect their eating, behaviour and can lead to a serious oral infection.
When a tooth is involved, the tooth often starts to break down and become resorbed due to biological processes of inflammation in the body. The best way to diagnose a FORL or other oral health issue is an exam with your veterinarian. If FORL or another dental problem is detected, the best option is to have a dental procedure to remove the affected tooth with surgical extraction. Your veterinarian will also perform local blocks during the surgery as well as sending home pain relief and antibiotics if required.
If you need to give your dog medication, learning how to do it right will make the process easier both for you and your pup. Remember to always follow the instructions given by your veterinarian and be sure to administer the full amount of medication over the number of days instructed by your vet.
With recent changes to restrictions on businesses, we are pleased to advise that effective June 5, 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 SEE ALL CASES BY APPOINTMENT ONLY
This includes vaccines, wellness exams, blood work, Lyme testing, spays and neuters, dental services, and more!
2. SAFETY MEASURES TO KEEP EVERYONE SAFE
As of July 6th, we are allowing 1 client in per pet into the hospital (with the exception of euthanasias where we can accommodate 2 clients if needed). 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, we request you step into a disinfectant shoe tray before proceeding into the exam room. 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.
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. OPERATING HOURS
We are OPEN with the following hours:
Monday - Friday: 7:30 am - 8:00 pm
Saturday: 8:00 am - 2:00 pm
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.
Thank you for your patience and understanding and we look forward to seeing you and your furry family members again!