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.

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Cat Dental Care

Dental health is a critical aspect of your pet’s overall health. Dental disease is painful and can lead to other health issues such as kidney disease, heart disease and bacterial infections.

What is involved in a dental cleaning procedure?


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.

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Last updated: May 11, 2020

Dear Clients,

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

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 & Tuesday: 7:30 am - 6:00 pm
- Wednesday & Thursday: 7:30 am - 8:00 pm
- Friday: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
- Saturday: 8:00 am - 3:00 pm
- Sunday: Closed

Thank you for your patience and understanding and we look forward to seeing you and your furry family members again!

- Your dedicated team at St. Vital Veterinary Hospital