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.
A dental cleaning always begins with an initial awake oral exam. This allows our veterinarians to assess the mouth and teeth to get an overall idea of your cat’s dental health. Once under anesthesia, a complete oral exam and x-ray are performed to identify any problems beneath the gum-line. This will be done if we are worried about a certain tooth.
Common painful problems that can be identified with dental radiographs are broken teeth and roots, periodontal disease, dead teeth, abscess and infected teeth. We perform a full cleaning under the gum-line where periodontal disease lurks. We then complete a professional scaling and polishing of the crown or visible part of the teeth. Lastly, if no extractions are needed, we polish all teeth to make a smooth surface, which helps to discourage plaque and tartar build-up.
What are the signs of dental problems in cats?
Some signs of dental problems in cats would be an unwillingness to eat, bad breath, pawing at their face, chattering teeth and excessive drooling.
Are some feline breeds more susceptible than others?
Persian and Himalayans are prone to dental issues due to the construction of their face and the shape of their mouths.
What is feline tooth resorption?
Feline tooth resorption is when the dentin of the tooth erodes, which can happen to the crown of the tooth, the root or both. The damage is irreversible. Treatment involves extracting the tooth. If the roots are damaged and cannot be extracted, we must amputate the crown.
Circling around before lying down is likely a residual instinct from when their ancestors lived out in the wilderness. Your dog’s ancestors would have paced in circles to flatten down and warm their sleeping area.
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 Thursday, March 19, 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 204.253.2668. We will take a history over the phone, and bring your pet into the clinic for an examination with the veterinarian. Once the exam is complete, we will give you a call to discuss our recommended treatment plan and then return to your vehicle. For those who do not have a mobile phone, an easy knock at the door will work the same way! Note: the door will be locked. Please distance away from the entrance and a member of our team will greet you.
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 Thursday: 7:30 am - 8:00 pm, Friday: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm, and Saturday: 8:00 am - 3:00 pm.
4. If you are ordering food or medications, please allow 2-4 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.
5. For the time being, we are not accepting cash as payment. Credit cards and debit card payments are still available.
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 St. Vital Veterinary Hospital