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.

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Cat Dental Care

Imagine what would happen if we didn’t brush and floss our teeth daily.  Well, we all would be plagued with bad breath, cavities, and rotting teeth galore!  Unknowingly, this happens way too often in cats and the end result is severe dental disease requiring multiple tooth extractions. Periodontal disease can be prevented just by training our cats to accept tooth brushing and performing this daily. As well, veterinary-specific dental diets have been tested and shown to be effective to reduce plaque and tartar.  Please contact us if you require more information on how to get your pet’s teeth on the right track.

What is involved in a dental cleaning procedure?

A complete examination of your pet’s oral cavity is performed and any missing, fractured teeth are recorded. The pocket depths of all the teeth are measured and dental x-rays are taken. This allows us to see what is happening with the roots, which are not seen and underneath the gums. A bacterial rinse is given and any local nerve blocks if extractions are required. The tartar and plaque is then removed with an electronic scaler and a manual scaler is used underneath the gums. The teeth are then polished.

What are signs of dental problems in cats?

Signs that you may observe include redness, swelling, recession of the gums, tartar accumulation, bad breath, difficulties eating and decreased appetite as a result of oral pain.

Are some breeds more susceptible than others?

Yes, Abyssinians, Persians and Orientals are more susceptible to dental disease.

What is feline tooth resorption?

It is the loss of tooth substance, due to the action of cells called odontoblasts. The affected teeth will erode and eventually disappear, as they are absorbed into the cat’s body. Until the point where full absorption has occurred, this is very painful to the cat. Risk factors to developing feline tooth resorption are periodontal disease, trauma, dietary composition, breed and increased levels of vitamin D.

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Last updated: May 29, 2020

Dear Clients,

With recent changes to restrictions on businesses, we are pleased to advise that effective May 19, 2020 some 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

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: 8:00 am - 7:00 pm
- Tuesday: 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
- Wednesday: 10:00 am - 7:00 pm
- Thursday: 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
- Friday: 9:00 am - 7:00 pm
- Saturday: 9:00 am - 2:00 pm
- Sunday: CLOSED

Thank you for your patience and understanding and we look forward to seeing you and your furry family members again!

- Your dedicated team at McLean Animal Hospital