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 care is very important to your cat’s overall health. Tooth decay, gum disease and tartar buildup can be treated with annual or bi-annual cleaning and scaling. Dental disease can progress into more serious problems in your cat including heart, kidney and liver disease. Our veterinarians can provide you with a dental care regime that works for you and your cat.
A basic dental cleaning procedure involves sedating and placing an endotracheal tube in the cat. Monitoring of all vital signs is done by our surgical technician. X-rays are taken to check root health of the teeth. Then the cleaning and scaling are done with our ultra-sonic machine. This can take a while depending on how much tartar has built upon the cat’s teeth. Once the tartar has been removed, the veterinarian will then remove any problematic teeth to ensure the cat is comfortable and doesn’t have problems down the road.
What are signs of dental problems in cats?
Signs your cat could be having dental problems are chewing at one side of the mouth, holding head tilted while chewing. Your cat may also seem interested in food, but not wanting to eat, especially the hard-crunchy type or preference of wet soft food. You may see your cat chomping or keeping their mouth open more than usual, these could all be signs of dental problems in your cat.
Are some breeds more susceptible than others?
To some degree, breeds of cats such as Maine Coon, Persians and Siamese tend to be at a higher risk of dental disease. But the number one cause for dental problems can be directly traced back to diet. Today’s cats are often offered mush or wet food to eat, this weakens the teeth as they are not being kept strong. The cat is a carnivore and is designed to eat bones and flesh of rodents and birds, which in turn, keeps the teeth strong. Supplementing with a dental care diet and hard crunchy food helps strengthen the teeth.
What is feline tooth resorption?
Tooth resorption, also referred to as cervical line lesions, is the gradual destruction of the tooth. Usually, it starts on the outside of the tooth at the gum line, typically on the lower jaw on a molar or premolar but can occur anywhere in the mouth. It can appear as though the gums are coming up over the tooth, or even look like there is a hole in the tooth. It is a progressive disease and may result in the need to remove the tooth.
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 Tuesday, March 24, 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 506.466.2543. We will take a history from outside of your vehicle, and bring your pet into the clinic for an examination with the veterinarian. We will then return to your vehicle with your pet to discuss our recommended treatment plan. If you do not have a cell phone please knock our door to let us know you have arrived and then return to your vehicle.
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 Friday: 9:00 am - 4:00 pm. Hours are subject to change.
4. If you are ordering food or medications, please allow 3-5 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. You can also use our online store and have your food delivered directly to your home. To sign up for the online store, visit our website.
5. For the time being, we are not accepting cash as payment. We encourage payments to be done over the phone with a credit card or e-Transfer.
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 Mayfield Veterinary Clinic