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.
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.
Many people don’t realize that onions and garlic are toxic to pets. It is so sparsely known that garlic powder is actually a dangerously common ingredient in some homemade dog treat recipes found online. They are also very common ingredients in many different dishes that we humans love to make, so we need to be extra careful to not allow our pets to ingest anything containing these ingredients. No more licking the plate for Fido and Fluffy!
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. 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
As of Monday July 6 we will allow one owner to accompany their pet into the building for medical appointments. Clients must wear a mask if they want to accompany their pet inside. If you do not have one then one can be provided to you. Doors will remain locked. Please call when you arrive for your appointment to be admitted to the building. If you prefer, curbside service will continue to be offered for medical appointments.
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 remain a 24-hour hospital, open 7 days a week
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