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.
Although we may remember to visit the dentist regularly, our pets rely on us to keep their dental health in check. Dental health is an extremely important part of your pet’s overall health. You may notice that your pet’s appetite has changed, their gums may look red or swollen, or they may have bad breath. These are all signs that your pet may have dental issues. Regular check-ups with your veterinarian can help to prevent these issues.
What types of canine dental care services are offered at your clinic?
The best place to start is to schedule a dental exam with one of our veterinarians. This will give us a better picture of your pet’s dental health. After the visit, we can recommend the best possible dental care for your pet. This may include a professional dental cleaning under general anesthetic. This includes scaling and polishing the teeth, dental x-rays and in some cases, extractions may be necessary. We are also happy to give you tips on how to brush your dog’s teeth and to recommend special dental diets along with other products we have available.
How often should I brush my dog’s teeth?
It is important to make this a positive experience for your pup. Start brushing their teeth at an early age if possible. Flavoured toothpaste is available which can make brushing a much more pleasant experience. We recommend brushing once daily if at all possible.
Why is oral and dental health important?
A healthy mouth = a healthy dog. Left untreated, dental issues can affect your pet’s health in many ways including tooth loss and infection. A painful and unhealthy mouth can be very uncomfortable and prevent your pet from doing the things they love, including playing with toys and chewing their favourite treats.
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