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.
Poor dental health is a very common, yet often overlooked issue for cats. Rotten teeth can be extremely painful, as well as can lead to a large variety of other illnesses and infections. If you notice your cat has particularly bad breath, doesn’t want to eat, stops chewing its food, etc., it is crucial to have a veterinarian do a dental exam to determine if your cat requires a dental cleaning or to have any teeth extracted.
A dental cleaning for pets is treated as a surgical procedure. In order to get full access to the entire mouth while keeping ourselves safe from bites, we put the cat under general anesthesia. Once they are under, we scale the tartar off of all of the teeth and then polish the teeth to help prevent more tartar from building up in the near future. Depending on the state of the teeth, some may need to be x-rayed and/or removed. The length of this procedure can greatly vary by the cat.
What are signs of dental problems in cats?
Symptoms of dental disease include bad breath, not eating, and drooling. Poor dental and gum health can cause a lot of pain for your cat, so if they seem to be avoiding hard kibble and going for wet food, or they are swallowing kibble whole, you may want to consider bringing them in for a dental examination by a veterinarian.
Are some breeds more susceptible than others?
Abyssinians, Oriental breeds, and Persians have a higher tendency for dental disease, however, all cats can be affected. It is much less common for cat owners to brush their teeth compared to dog owners, so most cats will have excessive tartar buildup and inflammation of the gums as they get older. Diet can also affect the teeth, in that if they only eat wet canned food, there is nothing present to scrape some of the tartar off of their teeth. Regular hard kibble can help somewhat with this, however, dental-specific diets work the best.
What is feline tooth resorption?
Feline tooth resorption is a dental disease that causes the root of the cat’s tooth to die and the tooth to start breaking itself down, usually close to the gum line. It is extremely painful for the cat, and the only way to treat the problem is to remove the affected tooth or teeth.
With recent changes to restrictions on businesses, we are pleased to advise that effective May 4, 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. OPERATING HOURS
We are OPEN with the following hours:
- Monday to Friday: 7:30 am - 7:00 pm - Saturday & Sunday: CLOSED
Thank you for your patience and understanding and we look forward to seeing you and your furry family members again!