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.

Cat Dental Care

Cat Dental Care

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.

What is involved in a dental cleaning procedure?


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.

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COVID-19: Additional measures we are taking

Dear Clients,

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 902.443.9385. One of our staff members will obtain a history either via phone or from outside of your vehicle, and bring your pet into the clinic for an examination with the veterinarian. We will then return your pet to you outside once the veterinarian discusses a 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 but are now working with reduced hours, reduced staff numbers and a need to close for extensive cleaning between shifts. Monday to Friday 10am-7pm; and Saturdays from 10am - 2pm

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 take payment over the phone and place the items in a pickup bin located just outside our front doors.

5. For the time being, we are not accepting cash as payment. Credit cards and debit card payments are still available.

Online consultations are now available! If you wish to connect with a veterinarian via message, phone or video, visit our website and follow the "Online Consultation" link.

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.

- Your dedicated team at Fairview Animal Hospital