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How and Why to Brush Your Dogs and Cats Teeth

Happy Oral Health Month!
Throughout February and March, our clinic is focusing on the oral health of your pets. Oral health and dental disease is something we see and discuss every day and is a major problem we are having in our pets. Here are some facts and tips about oral health and teeth brushing.

Facts about Dental Disease:

Many people do not think that brushing their pets’ teeth is necessary for the pet’s health, but it is very important in keeping them healthy and happy! It is shown that 70% of cats and 80% of dogs have periodontal disease by three years of age! Without brushing or doing any dental home care with your pet, plaque can build up, putting your dog or cat at high risk for developing bad breath, gum disease, and/or tooth decay. If periodontal disease is left untreated or undiagnosed, harmful bacteria from the mouth can spread throughout the body by using the bloodstream and will infect and cause disease in some major body system. Those systems include the liver, lungs, kidneys and heart.

There are two common dental diseases in our pets they are Gingivitis and Periodontal disease. The difference is that gingivitis is the first sign of periodontal disease. If we can treat gingivitis before periodontal disease starts, then the damage can be reversible. Once periodontal disease starts, we can slow the progression by dental cleanings and dental home care, but the damage that has already been done is not reversible.

Teeth Brushing:

Working up to brushing daily is the ideal way, but if that is not always possible, even three days a week can make a difference.

Instructions on brushing teeth:

  1. Buy a veterinary grade toothpaste at your local veterinary clinic. Please do not use human toothpaste.
  2. Use a specially designed dog toothbrush or a recommended alternative.
  3. Give your dog a small sample of the toothpaste to introduce the taste.
  4. Place a small amount of toothpaste on the brush.
  5. Lift the lip to expose the outside surfaces of your dog’s gums and teeth.
  6. Brush with gentle motions to clean the teeth and gums, as you would your own. Does not have to be perfect. Most pets will not allow you to open their mouth to brush the other surfaces.
  7. Do not forget those back molars and big canines!
  8. No rinsing needed.
  9. After finishing, reward your dog with play, petting or a favourite activity to positively reinforce the brushing process.

It is never too late to start brushing!

We strongly recommend if you have any concerns about your pet’s oral health to give us a call to book an exam with your veterinarian so you can see if just brushing is going to help or if your pet needs to have any dental work done.

If you have any questions or concerns about your pet’s oral health, please contact our clinic, and we will happily assist you.

Written by: Morinville Veterinary Clinic 

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Dear Clients,

Thank you for choosing Morinville Veterinary Clinic for your pets' veterinary needs. As we continue to adjust to the "new normal," we have implemented new protocols to keep you and our team safe.

It is still preferred that you stay in your vehicle while we bring your pet in for their appointment. However, as of Monday, July 21, 2020, we will be allowing one client to accompany their pet during their visit.

Along with wearing a face mask and using hand sanitizer, any client wishing to be present during an exam will need to record your name, phone number and email address for contact tracing purposes, in compliance with Alberta Health requirements.

Should you choose to come in with your pet, we kindly ask that you comply with the following protocols:

  • Our doors will remain locked. Please call us at 780.939.3133 upon your arrival.
  • Physical distance with staff and other clients while inside the building.
  • Face coverings must be worn to enter the clinic.
  • Use hand washing station upon entry.
  • 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".
  • If you wish to wait in your vehicle during the appointment, when you arrive, please remain outside the hospital and use your cell phone to call us. 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.
  • 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.

    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.

    OPERATING HOURS

    We are OPEN with the following hours:

    - Monday to Friday: 8:00 am - 9:00 pm
    - Saturday: 8:00 am - 6:00 pm
    - Sunday: 10:00 am - 5:00 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 Morinville Veterinary Clinic