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.
Bad breath and visible tartar are there most evident to pet owners, but this is not the real concern. The real damage is what is hiding below the gun line. Teeth are like icebergs. There is much more lurking below, and it is the problems with the gum line that are the real concern.
Bacteria get into the plaque under the gums and secrete toxins which can lead to bone loss and loose teeth. Studies have also shown that these bacteria can lead to damage to the heart, liver and kidneys.
The only way to completely assess oral health and treat any concerns is with anesthesia and radiographs are necessary to determine what cannot be seen under the gum line.
Abscessed, loose or fractured teeth cause pain and need to be extracted although some fractured teeth can be repaired with a root canal that can be done by a veterinary dental specialist. After any concerns have been addressed the healthy teeth are cleaned and polished to help slow down further plaque and tartar buildup.
Home care after a professional cleaning is essential to maintain good dental health and to try to reduce the need for frequent veterinary visits. Brushing your pet’s teeth daily with an enzymatic toothpaste is the best defence. If this is not an option then specialty designed dental diets, chews, treats and water additives can help.
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