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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Dental Care for Dogs

It is estimated 2/3 of dogs over the age of 3-years-old have periodontal disease (inflammation and infection of the tissues surrounding the teeth). This begins when plaque is left on the tooth surface and results in gingivitis that can progress to affect the tooth pocket. Left untreated, it will lead to pain and infection and ultimately, the loss of that tooth. There are many ways to prevent periodontal disease and we can help your dog keep its teeth!

What types of dental care for dogs do you offer at your clinic?

We can discuss oral hygiene programs to be completed at home. This includes daily tooth brushing and other effective products such as specific dental diets, chews, water additives, etc. Depending on what stage of periodontal disease your pet has, it may be recommended that your pet have a “Comprehensive Oral Health Assessment and Treatment Plan.” This procedure is performed under a general anesthetic so that your dog’s oral cavity and teeth can be thoroughly examined for health and disease. Dental radiographs may be performed to review the health of the roots which are not visible. Also, the teeth are scaled to remove all plaque and tartar and then polished.

How often should you brush your dog’s teeth?

The benefits of teeth brushing are maximized if this is performed daily, to remove plaque. Once 2-3 days pass, plaque will mineralize into tartar and this will remain on the tooth surfaces despite brushing.

Why is oral and dental health important?

Good oral and dental health is important because it keeps your pet healthy and free of oral pain and infection. Bacteria that are present in the oral cavity can lead to abscesses and can move into the bloodstream and potentially settle within internal organs such as the liver, kidneys, or heart valves.

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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.

Last updated: Tuesday, May 19, 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 can now see all cases by appointment only.

3. We are still 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

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