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 health plays an essential role in your cat’s health. At your visit with the veterinarian, we can discuss the risks associated with dental disease and the many ways that you as a cat owner can help prevent the disease process.
During the dental cleaning, we will scale your cat’s teeth, both above and below the gums. This ensures that we get all of the tartar buildup off and will make your cat’s teeth nice and pearly white. Following this, we will polish the teeth which smoothes over any existing ridges and scratches. It is an important step in the dental cleaning, as bacteria will build up in those edges and scratches, allowing tartar to build up. All of this is done under general anesthesia. While under anesthesia, there is a technician constantly monitoring your cat’s vital signs (heart rate, respiration rate, temperature, blood pressure).
What are the signs of dental problems in cats?
Cats are very good at hiding any issues with their health. Some common signs include red and inflamed gums and drooling. Depending on the severity of their dental disease, they could also have bleeding gums, display difficulties eating, or favour one side of their mouth. There may be tartar build up, foul odour coming from their mouth and in severe cases, some of their teeth may fall out. If you have any concerns with your cat’s dental health, having your cat examined by your veterinarian will help determine the severity of dental disease your cat may have. During the examination, the veterinary team can also develop a treatment plan to help your feline.
Are some feline breeds more susceptible than others?
Your cat’s genetics can be a factor in determining if they are prone to dental disease, but your cat’s diet and lack of regular cleaning are often bigger contributors to their overall oral health.
What is feline tooth resorption?
Feline tooth resorption is also referred to as “Feline Resorptive Lesions”. It is a common and painful disease in cats that is characterized by the gradual destruction and breakdown of teeth.
With recent changes to restrictions on businesses, we are pleased to advise that effective May 19, 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, 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 call us from your cell phone or ring our doorbell so that we know that you've arrived for your appointment. 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: 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
Tuesday: 8:00 am - 6:00 pm
Wednesday to Friday: 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
Thank you for your patience and understanding and we look forward to seeing you and your furry family members again!
- Your dedicated team at Embrun Veterinary Hospital