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.
A dental procedure, which includes a comprehensive oral exam, probing, scaling and polishing of the teeth, and dental radiographs, is a great way to maintain the dental health of your animal. As well, it helps in improving the overall health of your animal for the long term. An animal is anesthetized for a proper professional dental cleaning to occur. This allows a comprehensive oral exam to take place, as well as allows the technicians to properly clean difficult to reach areas of the animal’s mouth.
While performing an oral exam, doctors and technicians are looking at the integrity of the teeth, tongue, and gums. This includes checking for fractures, resorption, missing or extra teeth, halitosis (bad breath), and any abnormal features in the mouth of the animal. After a complete oral exam, radiographs of the teeth are usually performed next. Just as we get our teeth x-rayed at the dentist, our animals can benefit from the same diagnostic tool. Dental radiographs allow for identification of broken teeth and roots, periodontal disease, dead teeth, abscesses or infected teeth.
Professional scaling and polishing of the teeth occur next by the veterinary technician. Scaling, or scraping, of the tooth above and just below the gum line is performed to remove plaque and tartar build-up. Next, the teeth are polished leaving a completely smooth surface of the tooth which discourages plaque and bacteria from adhering to the rough tooth surface.
We all want what is best for our beloved animals and maintaining good oral hygiene is a great step in ensuring our animals have a long and healthy 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