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.

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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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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 416-752-5114. 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. We are also no longer taking grooming appointments as of Monday, March 30, until further notice.

3. We are still OPEN with the following hours: Monday to Thursday: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm. Friday: 11:00 am - 7:00 pm.

4. If you are ordering food or medications, please allow 7-10 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. 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.

6. 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.

7. 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 McLean Animal Hospital