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.
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.
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.
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
Continue our "closed waiting room" policy to protect our clients and staff. When you arrive, please remain outside the hospital and use your cell phone to call 416-752-5114. We will take a history of your pet's health and discuss any concerns. A staff member will then meet you outside to bring your pet into the hospital for an examination. The Veterinarian will 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. Cash will not be accepted at this time.
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: 8:00 am - 7:00 pm - Tuesday: 10:00 am - 8:00 pm - Wednesday: 10:00 am - 7:00 pm - Thursday: 8:00 am - 7:00 pm - Friday: 10:00 am - 7:00 pm - Saturday: 9:00 am - 2:00 pm - Sunday: CLOSED
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!