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.
If there was any single thing you could do to improve your cat’s longevity and quality of life, dental care is most important. Animals perceive oral pain in the same manner as humans so treating abnormalities such as gingivitis, broken teeth and infection can have a noticeable difference. There are a variety of dental procedures for our senior and younger patients.
A dental cleaning service would be a complete oral exam, dental radiographs, scaling and polishing teeth. Dental treatments include bonded sealants, extractions, deciduous tooth extraction, unerupted tooth removal, oral mass removal, etc. Before a dental cleaning is discussed, a visual oral exam is part of every examination, so you and our veterinarians may discuss the extent of dental disease and treatments required.
What are signs of dental problems in cats?
The most common sign of dental problems in a cat would be the complete lack of signs. You need to look at the teeth and gums to look for periodontal disease while issues such as resorptive lesions may only be visible with radiographs of tooth roots. In severe cases, a cat will stop eating, develop facial swellings (abscess), drool or stop grooming their face. During an annual exam, we discuss any abnormalities in your cat’s mouth that may be a source of pain.
Are some feline breeds more susceptible than others?
No, specific cat breeds are not more prone to dental disease than others. There is an association between oral health problems and feline leukemia or immunodeficiency viruses. Every cat, regardless of breed, can have dental issues if dental care is not initiated.
What is feline tooth resorption?
Feline tooth resorption, formerly known as neck lesions, occurs when cells called odontoclasts destroy the tooth root surfaces by causing the enamel to be resorbed. As it progresses, the different layers of the tooth are resorbed, and the pulp cavity becomes exposed, causing pain and sensitivity. The resorption continues until the tooth is weakened and ultimately fractures. These lesions may occur above or below the gum line.
With recent changes to restrictions on businesses, we are pleased to advise that effective May 15, 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 us. 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.
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. 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.
5. OPERATING HOURS
We are OPEN with the following hours:
- Monday to Friday: 8:00 am - 6:00 pm - Saturday: 8:00 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!