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.
Dental disease or periodontal disease is the most widespread disease associated with 80% of dogs and 70% of cats. It can lead to irritated gums, painful dental infections, tooth loss and can cause bacteria to travel through the bloodstream and compromise vital organs. Fortunately, with a proper dental routine designed for our pets periodontal disease, in most cases is preventable.
Here are 5 easy signs to look for in your pet:
Hard yellow or brown build-up on teeth
Red and bleeding gums
Difficulty eating or chewing
If your pet is experiencing any of these symptoms, call today and book a dental exam with one of our technicians.
Your cat will spend the day at the clinic for the procedure since a dental cleaning is performed under anesthetic. Once your pet is anesthetized, we will check all sides of each tooth and clean all surfaces and below the gumline. If needed, the diseased teeth will be removed by the veterinarian. Your pet will have IV fluids during the procedure and recovery. They will receive pain medications during the procedure and recovery. After the cleaning is complete, they will recover from the anesthetic under the supervision of our trained technicians. At the end of the day, they are discharged to go home to spend the night cuddling with you.
What are signs of dental problems in cats?
Cats are masters at hiding pain, but there are some subtle signs that you may notice if she is having some dental issues. The main one that most owners notice is bad breath. Other signs you may see is a decrease in appetite or trouble eating (dropping food or eating on one side of the mouth), pawing at the mouth or face, some pets will even have gums that bleed. With more advanced dental disease, you may see swelling around the face and possibly some discharge from the mouth.
Are some breeds more susceptible than others?
Brachycephalic (“squished face”) breeds tend to be more prone to dental disease than non-brachycephalic, as there is less space for the teeth to grow properly.
What is feline tooth resorption?
This is a common and very painful “cavity.” These can be seen at the gum line and extend below the gum line also. Cats are very good at hiding the pain that these cause and they often will progress to a point where the tooth may break or fall out without surgical treatment.
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 Wednesday, March 18, 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 519-759-3031. 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. If you do not have a cell phone please knock our door to let us know you have arrived and then return to your vehicle.
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 - 6:00 pm. Saturday: 9:00 am - 3:00 pm. Sunday: Closed.
4. If you are ordering food or medications, please allow 3-5 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. You can also use our online store and have your food delivered directly to your home. To sign up for the online store, visit our website.
5. For the time being, we are not accepting cash as payment. Credit cards and debit card payments are still available.
6. 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.
7. 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 Park Road Veterinary Clinic