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The Importance of Dental Care

Dental disease is one of the most common owner concerns and exam findings in our pets. Most dogs and cats over three years of age have it to some degree, and it progresses with time.

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.

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