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Cat Dental Care

Good oral health is a very important part of the overall health of your feline friend. Regular dental exams and oral care will keep your kitty smiling for years to come.

What is involved in a dental cleaning procedure?


After a dental exam with one of our veterinarians, it may be recommended that your cat receives a dental cleaning. Dental procedures are performed under general anesthetic here in the hospital. Our patients are monitored by a technician before, during and after the dental procedure. Each patient is kept warm and comfortable while receiving IV fluid therapy during and after the procedure. A scale and polish of the teeth will be performed, as well as dental x-rays to look for any potential problems. In some cases, extractions may be recommended.

What are signs of dental problems in cats?


Some signs of dental issues include appetite and weight loss, bad breath, drooling, pawing at the mouth area and loose, or discoloured teeth. Cats can be great at hiding things, so regular dental exams are key to staying on top of any issues.

Are some feline breeds more susceptible than others?


Although all cats are at risk for dental disease, some short-nosed breeds may be at additional risk for malalignment and overcrowding of the teeth, due to their unique facial structure.

What is feline tooth resorption?


Tooth resorption occurs when cells called odontoclasts, destroy the tooth root surfaces by causing the enamel to be resorbed. As the disease progresses, the different layers of the tooth are resorbed and the pulp cavity becomes exposed, causing pain and sensitivity. The resorption continues until the tooth is weakened and ultimately fractures. In some cases, the affected teeth may need to be extracted.

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Last updated: September 24, 2020

Dear Clients,

With recent changes to restrictions on businesses, we are pleased to advise that effective June 5, 2020 the restrictions on veterinary practices have been lifted. Based on these changes, below are some important updates to our operating policies.

1. OPEN DOOR POLICY - WE CAN NOW SEE ALL CASES BY APPOINTMENT

This includes vaccines, wellness exams, blood work, heartworm testing, spays and neuters, dental services, and more!

2. SAFETY MEASURES TO KEEP EVERYONE SAFE

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 remain a 24-hour hospital, open 7 days a week

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!

- Your dedicated team at 4 Paws 24 Hour Veterinary Hospital