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.
In recent years, it has become very clear that good oral health is an indicator of general well-being of our companion dogs. At-home oral care is just as important as feeding and brushing your four-legged friend.
What types of dental care for dogs do you offer at your clinic?
At Briarwood Animal Hospital, we offer many services to help keep your pet dog’s mouth as healthy as possible. We have experience and can give recommendations on how to brush your pet’s teeth, as well as guidance on the various dental care products available on the market. We are also able to perform comprehensive oral health evaluations, which include assessing the health of the entire oral cavity, removing any diseased teeth, and performing dental x-rays.
How often should you brush your dog’s teeth?
Ideally your canine companion should have his/her teeth brushed daily as it doesn’t take long for plaque to become tartar. In some cases, it may be an impossibility for an owner to brush so we may need to introduce other methods such as a new diet or water additives to keep those pearly whites glistening.
Why is oral and dental health important?
Oral health is important for your pet’s whole-body health. When a pet has dental disease, their bodies are constantly being exposed to bacteria, which increases the workload of the liver and kidneys, their main filtering organs. Dental disease can also make regulating other diseases, like diabetes, more difficult, and dogs with dental disease are often times painful, which impacts their quality of life.
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