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.
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 the restrictions on veterinary practices have been lifted. We are still providing the same excellent patient care that we always have, but with some changes 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
Clients are now able to enter the hospital with their pets for their appointments. We ask that clients wait in the reception area while the doctor and their assistant perform the exam in the designated exam room. After the appointment, the doctor will come out and talk to the client in the waiting area.
Continue the use of credit cards as the preferred payment method. Debit will be accepted if needed.
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: After-hour emergency services are available for regular equine patients only. All other patients with after-hours emergencies, please contact Bridgwater Veterinary Hospital and Wellness Centre at (204) 452-0911.
NEW PET OWNERS
Have you welcomed a new furry family member to your home? We’d love to meet them! Visit our Must Know New Pet Owner Information page for useful resources and helpful recommendations for new pet owners.
Thank you for your patience and understanding and we look forward to seeing you and your furry family members again!