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 is one of the most prevalent diseases in cats and, in most cases, one of the most preventable diseases. Maintaining optimum oral health aids in tooth retention ensures the ability to continue good nutrition throughout life, contributing greatly to your cat’s overall health and well-being. Just as in the human dental field, companion animal dental hygiene requires attention to diet and daily care.
All of our dental procedures are performed under a general anesthetic, which allows us to clean the teeth below the gumline properly. Pre-surgical blood work and intravenous fluids are recommended to ensure your cat is healthy enough for sedation and to maintain blood pressure and hydration while under anesthetic. Your veterinarian will probe and chart your cat’s mouth and note any significant findings, such as fractured teeth, resorptive lesions (feline cavities) and gingivitis. Digital dental x-rays may also be warranted for problem teeth. The remaining healthy teeth are scaled with our ultrasonic scaler and polished to remove dental calculus and tartar. Pain medicine and antibiotics may be administered or prescribed after the procedure.
What are the signs of dental problems in cats?
Signs that your cat may be suffering from some form of dental disease includes facial swelling, drooling, difficulty in eating or dropping kibble or pawing at the face, change in behaviour (more irritable) and bad breath.
Are some feline breeds more susceptible than others?
All cats can suffer from dental diseases. Genetics, diet, health and nutrition in the early stages of life may impact a cat’s predisposition to dental diseases.
What is feline tooth resorption?
A feline resorptive lesion, or tooth resorption, is an autoimmune condition where the body absorbs the root of the tooth. This condition is only found in cats and requires oral surgery to remove the remaining tooth properly. If left untreated, cats can develop tooth root abscesses, fractured teeth and exposed roots, which can be very painful.
With recent changes to restrictions on businesses, we are pleased to advise that effective May 11, 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. 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 Thursday: 8:00 am - 5:30 pm - Friday: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm - Saturday: 8:00 am - 1:00 pm - Sunday: CLOSED
Note: Because of the current situation, we are not able to provide after hour calls at this time. Please call Bridgwater Veterinary Hospital (204-452-0911) for any after-hours emergencies.
Thank you for your patience and understanding and we look forward to seeing you and your furry family members again!