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.
Chewing Vs Cleaning: What Helps with Dental Health
May 1, 2018
Who loves going to the dentist? Anybody with healthy teeth! Yes, many a time I’ve laid in the infamous dentist’s chair thinking “please don’t find a cavity, please don’t.” Sometimes I knew that I had not been brushing or flossing regularly, and I was sweating buckets. There were times that I got off lucky, other times – not so much. Our pets can also have dental issues, thankfully they have options too. Our dentists tell us to brush regularly, limit our sugar, and floss. We can do a lot for our pets’ teeth too, no flossing needs to be involved.
Every pet is different. Dental disease tends to affect small breeds much more than large breeds. Puppies should have their faces and mouths handled so that exams and dental care will not cause them any stress. There are specially formulated veterinary dental diets for adult cats and dogs that are great maintenance diets, which also have a special focus on dental health. Water additives are a great help if pets are not fond of anything or any hands in their mouths. Oral wipes and gels are available that are helpful to remove plaque and bacteria, and also improve mouth odour!
We all want to keep our pets happy and healthy. There are many great dental home care solutions that each of us can use to keep our pets’ mouths healthy. Dental cleanings may still need to be done, but hopefully not as often if we provide regular dental care at home. It is really important to take our pets to see their veterinarian each year. Dental disease needs to be addressed as soon as possible because it can have a negative impact elsewhere in our pets’ bodies. Everyone should enjoy having a healthy and happy smile, including our furry friends!
With recent changes to restrictions on businesses, we are pleased to advise that effective May 15, 2020 some 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 519-759-3031. 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. 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.
4. OPERATING HOURS
We are OPEN with the following hours:
- Monday to Friday: 8:00 am - 6:00 pm. - Saturday: 9:00 am - 3:00 pm. - Sunday: 9:00 am - 1:00 pm (Pre-booked tech appointments only).
Thank you for your patience and understanding and we look forward to seeing you and your furry family members again!
- Your dedicated team at Park Road Veterinary Clinic