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.
Dental disease is still one of the most common diseases in our cats. An oral examination is done at the annual exam and a home care plan is discussed. Sometimes home care just isn’t enough, and a dental cleaning and surgery may be required. Cats are great at hiding disease so watching for slight changes in eating behaviour such as chewing on one side, lack of interest in food, or dropping food while eating all could be signs of dental pain. We do offer complimentary dental exams to our patients as well.
A dental cleaning procedure requires a general anesthetic in order to properly clean and assess the health of each tooth. Once your veterinarian ensures your pet is healthy to undergo anesthesia, we will use a probe to check each tooth for gum disease and cavities. X-rays may be required to ensure root health as well. Once the veterinarian and technician clean the teeth with our ultrasonic scaler, your cat’s teeth will be polished and then given an antibacterial treatment.
What are signs of dental problems in cats?
Cats are able to hide their sickness and pain so even subtle changes could indicate dental discomfort. If your cat chews on one side, drops food, has bad breath (which could also be signs of severe organ disease) or you see any changes in their eating habits, you should contact your veterinarian.
Are some breeds more susceptible than others?
Every cat is different. Their lifestyle and type of diet can play a role in dental disease. Every cat is susceptible to dental disease, therefore, yearly checkups are important.
What is feline tooth resorption?
Feline tooth resorption is another way of saying a cavity. Just like us, they can be very painful and should be treated.
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 Wednesday, March 18, 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 905-664-4888. We will bring your pet into the hospital for an examination with the veterinarian. The veterinarian will then call you to discuss our recommended treatment plan. After your appointment, a technician will return your pet to your car and take care of any needed medications and payment.
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. However, if you're unsure whether your pet needs medical attention, please call us to discuss your situation.
3. We are still OPEN with the following hours: Monday to Friday 8 am - 4 pm
4. If you are ordering food or medications, please allow 2-4 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. You can also use our online store and have your food delivered directly to your home. To sign up for the Online Store, please visit our website.
5. For the time being, we are not accepting cash as payment. Credit cards and debit card payments are still available.
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.
Following the recommendations of our government and medical experts, we are doing our best to practice social distancing within the constraints of our jobs. We have taken these measures to avoid both contracting and facilitating the spread of this disease.
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 Briarwood Animal Hospital