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Cat Dental Care

Oral health and dental disease are one of the most common health problems for pets. Fortunately, many dental problems can be prevented, or the impact of them can be lessened through some preventative care you can do at home. What can start as a small problem can escalate into more serious medical issues as dental infections can often spread to the kidneys, liver, or heart. A healthy mouth often means a healthy pet!

What is involved in a dental cleaning procedure?


Your pet will need to fast overnight and brought to the clinic at 8 am on the scheduled day of the dentistry. After they have been anesthetized, a full charting, scaling, and polishing will be performed, and any dental x-rays can be taken if there are suspicious looking teeth. Broken, loose, or severely exposed teeth may also be extracted at this time. At the end of the day, your pet will get to go home after this outpatient procedure.

What are signs of dental problems in cats?


A decrease in appetite, dropping off food, drooling, or vocalizing while eating may all be a sign of oral disease. The most commonly noted sign, however, is bad breath.

Are some breeds more susceptible than others?


Brachycephalic breeds are more prone to dental problems often due to overcrowding of the teeth.

What is feline tooth resorption?


Feline tooth resorption (or properly called FORLs) is a dissolving of the enamel layer of part of a tooth leading to exposure of the sensitive pulp cavity. This condition can be painful and potentially also lead to broken tooth roots.

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Last updated: December 14, 2021

Dear Clients,

With the recent increase of COVID-19 cases in our region, we are temporarily moving back to curbside service. Effective Tuesday, December 14th we are not allowing clients in exam rooms with their pets. Here is what you can expect:

  • Come in to let us know that you're here for your appointment. 2 clients will be allowed at a time in our reception area for food and med pick up and to inform us that they are here for their appointment.
  • Please wait in your car after letting us know you've arrived. Once you have notified us that you are here for your appointment we ask that you wait in your car and we will come out and collect your furry family member for their appointment.
  • The doctor will call once the appointment is done and you can then come back to the reception desk to take care of the invoice and collect your furry family member.
  • Face masks are required when interacting with our team and entering the building. Please sanitze your hands if you come inside.
  • Food and medication pick-ups inside. If there are more than 2 people in our waiting area, we ask that you wait outside until there is sufficient space.
  • Washrooms will be closed to the public until further notice.
  • These measures are temporary and we will reassess as time goes on. Please keep a lookout for any further updates from our team. Together, we can all help in stopping the spread of COVID-19. If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to call us at (613) 542-7337.

    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.

    OPERATING HOURS

    We are OPEN with the following hours:

    Monday, Wednesday, Thursday: 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
    Tuesday, Friday: 8:00 am - 6:00 pm
    Saturday: 8:00 am - 12:00 pm
    Sunday: CLOSED

    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!

    - Your dedicated team at Kingston Veterinary Clinic