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.
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.
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 905-664-4888. 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 - 4:00 pm - Sunday: CLOSED
Thank you for your patience and understanding and we look forward to seeing you and your furry family members again!
- Your dedicated team at Briarwood Animal Hospital