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.
Our feline friends require dental work, just like you and I. Dental health is part of your cat’s overall health. It is important to treat dental health concerns before it leads to bigger problems. Dental issues are often painful. Once dental disease is advanced, major dental procedures must be performed. Dental disease can also have a negative impact on your cat’s internal organs.
Feline dental cleaning procedures are performed under a general anesthetic. Pets are anesthetized, intubated and maintained on surgical IV fluids. Your feline is closely monitored during the entire procedure by a veterinarian and a registered veterinary technician. During the procedure, plaque and tartar are cleaned from the teeth. Gum health and infected/damaged teeth are assessed. In some cases, dental radiographs are taken to assess the health of the tooth, root and jaw bone. Infected or damaged teeth are often extracted. The remaining healthy teeth are polished and a fluoride treatment is applied.
What are signs of dental problems in cats?
Signs of dental problems in cats are bad breath, swollen red gums, drooling, inappetence.
Are some breeds more susceptible than others?
All cats are susceptible to dental disease. Brachycephalic cat breeds such as Persian cats are more susceptible to dental disease, simply due to their jaw/skull structure. Their skull and jaw shape negatively impact their oral health. These breeds will require extra attention to dental care.
What is feline tooth resorption?
Feline tooth resorption or resorptive lesions, is an oral issue seen in felines. Tooth resorption is similar to a cavity. The lesion starts off as a hole in the tooth, if left untreated, the lesion will penetrate the dentin and jaw bone. Tooth resorption is very painful and affected teeth must be extracted. The cause for resorptive lesions is still up for debate.
With recent changes to restrictions on businesses, we are pleased to advise that effective May 25, 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
Continue our "closed waiting room" policy to protect our clients and staff. 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.
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 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