We remain open to provide care for your pets. We are following the direction of government and regulatory authorities and have implemented hospital and visit protocols to keep both you and our team safe. For regular updates on our hours and visit protocols, please follow our social media platforms.
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.
Due to the close contact that our work requires, we have taken additional measures to protect you and our team while providing care for your furry family members.
The following changes are effective as of Thursday, March 19, 2020:
1. We are currently operating a "closed waiting room" policy to protect our clients and staff. When you arrive, please remain in your vehicle and use your cell phone to call us at 780 939 3133. We will take a history of your pet over the phone, and bring your pet into the clinic for an examination with the veterinarian. Once the examination is finished, we will call you to discuss our recommended treatment plan and then return your pet to your car.
2. We are still OPEN with the following hours: Monday to Friday 8:00 am - 9:00 pm, Saturdays 8:00 am-6:00 pm and Sundays 10:00 am-5:00 pm.
3. If you are ordering food or medications, please allow 2-4 business days as our suppliers are dealing with increased demand and are trying to fill orders as quickly as possible. We will advise you as soon as your order arrives. Please call us when you arrive to pick up your order, but do not enter the hospital. Our staff will bring your order to your car and take payment over the phone.
4. We ask that payments be made over the phone with a credit card whenever possible. However, we will still accept debit payments if needed.
5. Following the recommendations of our government and medical experts, we are doing our best to practice social distancing within the constraints of our roles. As such, we have taken measures to avoid both contracting and facilitating the spread of this virus.
Thank you for helping us be diligent for everyone's safety. As we have heard from all levels of government, the situation is fluid, and any updates will be provided as changes occur.
- Your dedicated team at Morinville Veterinary Clinic