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.
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.
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 Monday, March 23, 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 613.443.5459. We will take a history from outside of your vehicle, and bring your pet into the clinic for an examination with the veterinarian. We will then return to your vehicle with your pet to discuss our recommended treatment plan.
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.
3. We are still OPEN with the following hours: Monday to Friday: 8:00 am - 4:00 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 and take payment over the phone.
5. For the time being, we are not accepting cash as payment. Credit cards and debit card payments are still available.
6. 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.
7. Following the recommendations of our government and medical experts, we are doing our best to practice social distancing within the constraints of our roles. As such, we have taken measures to avoid both contracting and facilitating the spread of this virus.
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 Embrun Veterinary Hospital