Dental care in your furry friends is as equally important to your own. Your pets can develop plaque and gum disease. Pets rarely show signs of dental diseases and so it is especially important for you to practice good dental hygiene with your pet companions. It also helps if you are aware of the changes and signs that your pet is experiencing some type of discomfort.
It is necessary that you stay on top of your pet’s dental health, as the signs do not usually become obvious until the problem is advanced. Some pets, particularly canines, hide their pain really well. If the health problem is advanced, here are some signs you can look for:
Lumps/bumps in their mouth
Reluctance to being touched or stroked on the head
Chewing on one side
Blood on chew toy
Red or bleeding gums
If you notice any of these signs, be sure to reach out to us as your pet may be experiencing chronic pain. Give us a call at 204-452-0077.
How can I take care of my pet’s oral health?
Our team can advise you on the different ways you can protect your furry friend’s oral health. To perpetuate a healthy mouth there are general guidelines you should use for your pets:
Annual oral examinations – These allow your pets to get a full oral exam. Our hospital provides dental X-rays and cleanings under general anesthesia.
Good quality foods – Our veterinarians can recommend a diet that is beneficial to your pet’s needs. This may include foods that contain additives that prevent plaque from hardening or foods that scrub your pet’s teeth as they chew.
Regular tooth brushing – Cleaning your pet’s teeth regularly prevents plaque buildup and reduces inflammation and tissue destruction. There is a variety of pet toothpaste available in different flavours for your choosing or you can ask your veterinarian to recommend one. You will also need a smaller pet toothbrush for their mouths.
Examine your pet’s mouth – It is important to check for signs of oral diseases.
With “kitten season” fully underway, shelters will soon be full of cats and kittens in need of loving homes. It is in late spring and early summer when cats often have a litter of kittens. This increases the number of felines that are homeless. Due to higher-than-normal numbers of kittens and cats in shelters at this time of year, June is recognized as Adopt-A-Shelter-Cat month.
With recent changes to restrictions on businesses, we are pleased to advise that effective May 25, 2020 the 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, 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. OPERATING HOURS We are OPEN with the following hours: Monday to Friday: 7:30 am - 10:00 pm Saturday & Sunday: 8:00 am - 10:00 pm (Pick-up Only)
5. 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.
Thank you for your patience and understanding and we look forward to seeing you and your furry family members again!