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. Dental infections can often spread to the kidneys, liver, or heart. A healthy mouth often means a healthy pet!
What types of dental care for dogs do you offer at your clinic?
Our dental care program includes a line of dental health foods & products and extends to complete dental care including teeth cleaning, extractions, and dental radiographs (x-rays). Dental care for your dog is a team effort between what you can do at home with brushing and prevention as well as our part with regular cleanings. Having regular dental cleanings done when then the disease is minimal can help save your dog’s teeth and improve their overall health.
How often should you brush your dog’s teeth?
Ideally, you should try to brush your dog’s teeth daily. A reasonable goal to start with is 3-4 times per week as we know that sometimes life happens, and every day is not possible sometimes.
Why is oral and dental health important?
Oral and dental health is a frequent problem amongst the pet population. With a sore mouth, pets may have difficulty eating which will affect their overall health. Additionally, infections in the mouth can affect multiple organs and make your pet sick. The good news is that dental health can be managed, and problems can be minimized for the long-term benefit of your pet.
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 Tuesday: 8:00 am - 7:00 pm
Wednesday to 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