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.

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Cat Dental Care

Like humans, dental care is an important aspect of an animal’s life. Daily brushing of teeth and yearly dentals or checkups can be very beneficial for your pet. It can not only prevent diseases but also keep your pet happy and healthy for a better future. Cats use their mouths for all sorts of things like defence, eating, playing and even hunting. This means your pet is exposed to all sorts of materials and bacteria that can over time develop dental disease.

What is involved in a dental cleaning?


Dental cleanings are performed by a veterinary technician, while the patient is under full anesthetic. This is to ensure the safety of the patient, staff and to allow the technician to complete an oral health assessment. All patients are provided with full anesthetic monitoring and the proper pain management. All teeth all scaled to remove any tartar or plaque buildup and are then checked for any root exposures or loose teeth that may need to be removed. The teeth are then polished to give them a better look and shine. If an extraction of a broken or painful tooth is required, this would be performed by a veterinarian.

What are the signs of dental problems in cats?


Cats can be exposed to dental disease as little as 3-years-old. Even though cats can’t express how they are feeling in their own words they can express it the way they act. Most often, cats will hide when expressing that they are in pain. Other signs may include:

  • Sensitivity around the mouth
  • Difficulty eating or lack of appetite which can lead to weight loss
  • Bad breath
  • Pawing at their face
  • Lack of playfulness or activity
  • Missing teeth or noticing that some are loose

Are some feline breeds more susceptible than others?


Yes, short-faced breeds such as Persians, are more susceptible because their jaws are not as developed, meaning that sometimes the teeth may become overcrowded within the mouth and can lead to misaligning of teeth.

What is feline tooth resorption?


Tooth resorption can play a big role in your cat’s dental health because it can be very painful if not treated properly. The only treatment for tooth resorption is to extract the tooth, as there is no known cause or reason why it happens. Tooth resorption is the breakdown of the tooth enamel that can be seen usually where the tooth meets the gum line. In some cases, it may look like a hole is forming into the tooth. Unfortunately, many cats may be exposed to tooth resorption at least once in their lifetime but with daily brushing and oral checkups, this can help your cat have a happier and healthier future.

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COVID-19: Additional measures we are taking

Dear Clients,

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 Monday, March 23, 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 519.631.0430. We will take a history from outside of your vehicle, and bring your pet into the clinic for an examination with the veterinarian. We will then return to your vehicle with your pet to discuss our recommended treatment plan.

2. We are continuing to accept appointments for urgent or sick pets, as well as time-sensitive puppy/kitten vaccinations. All other services will be scheduled for a later time.

3. We are still OPEN with the following hours: Monday to Friday: 8:00 am - 5:30 pm, & Saturday: 8:00 am - 12:30 pm.

4. 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.

5. Online consultations are now available! If you wish to connect with a veterinarian via message, phone or video, visit our website and follow the "Online Consultation" link.

6. 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 Elgin Animal Hospital