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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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Last updated: December 23, 2021

Dear Clients,

With the recent increase of COVID-19 cases in our region, we are temporarily moving back to curbside service, with no pet parents in the building during appointments. Our top priority here at Elgin Animal Hospital is the ongoing health and safety of our clients, their pets, and our dedicated team members that serve you and the community. Our goal is to remain open in order to provide necessary care for your pets. In order to do this, we need to keep our team healthy and do our best to minimize exposure.

Here is what you can expect:

Appointments

  • When you arrive, please remain in your vehicle and call us at 519-631-0430 to let us know you are here
  • Our Reception Team will let you know when we are ready for you, and ask you to come in the appointment door
  • A staff member will meet you just inside the vestibule to take the patient into the hospital for their appointment
  • Our Veterinarian will communicate with you via phone call - so please be sure to bring your cellphone to your appointment!
  • We have payment over the phone for credit cards, or a portable debit machine can be brought to the vestibule if needed
  • Food & Medication Pick Up

  • Will continue safely via the food/med pick-up door Come in the door on your right -- no need to call when you arrive
  • We are highly recommending our clients sign up for myVETstore for purchasing food for their pets
  • We also ask that you please call in your pet's medication & food refills 3-5 days in advance as we are experiencing some shipment delays once again
  • These measures are temporary and we will reassess as time goes on. We are constantly analyzing our day-to-day actions and we appreciate your patience. We will continue to implement procedures that are in the best interest of both you, our clients and our staff.

    If you are not feeling well in any way, or if you have interacted with someone who has been diagnosed with COVID-19 we ask that you stay isolated and do not visit us at the clinic. If your pet needs medical attention please have a family member or friend bring in your pet or pick up your prescriptions or food.

    Together, we can all help in stopping the spread of COVID-19. If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to call us at (519) 631-0430. Please note that we are receiving more calls than usual. We apologize for any delays that you may experience when reaching out to us.

    - Your dedicated team at Elgin Animal Hospital