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.
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!
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.
Have you been to the dentist and received local freezing? If so, then you have had a dental nerve block. Most dental procedures produce strong sensory stimuli to the point that it affects the amount of general anesthetic required and a painful recovery.
With recent changes to restrictions on businesses, we are pleased to advise that effective May 19, 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
Continue our "closed waiting room" policy to protect our clients and staff. When you arrive, please remain outside the hospital and use your cell phone to call us. We will take a history of your pet's health and discuss any concerns. A staff member will then meet you outside to bring your pet into the hospital for an examination. The Veterinarian will call you to discuss the recommended treatment plan. After your appointment, a staff member will return your pet to you outside, and take care of any needed medications and payment.
Continue the use of credit cards as the preferred payment method.
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 - 8:00 pm
Friday: 8:00 am - 6:00 pm
Saturday: 8:00 am - 2:00 pm
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