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.
At Barriefield Animal Hospital, we offer complete oral health assessment and treatment including extraction of painful or diseased teeth if necessary. Digital dental radiographs allow us to assess the health of each tooth above and below the gum line, and to catch and treat problems before they cause discomfort. Your pet is closely monitored while under anesthesia by a registered veterinary technician. All teeth are scaled, not only to remove the obvious tartar on the crowns but also below the gum line and between the teeth. The teeth are then polished to smooth the enamel and slow the deposition of tartar.
What are signs of dental problems in cats?
Signs of dental disease include redness and swelling of the gums, decreased appetite or difficulty chewing, and foul odour to the breath. Often, cats will mask the signs of dental discomfort, however, so it is important to have your cat’s teeth checked every year at their annual exam, as well as any time a concern is noted.
Are some feline breeds more susceptible than others?
Certain breeds of cats that have a shorter face and jaw can have dental malocclusion predisposing them to more dental issues.
What is feline tooth resorption?
Feline tooth resorption is an extremely common and painful condition that occurs in cats of all breeds and ages. Cells in the cat’s body resorb (eat away at) parts of the tooth crown or root, and eventually, the pulp chamber of the tooth is exposed to the oral cavity. Unfortunately, we do not fully know what causes tooth resorption, only that it is irreversible and painful. We recommend any teeth that are resorbing and causing pain to be extracted, as there is no way to slow or reverse the process.
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 Monday, March 23, 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 613-544-7387. 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: 8:00 am - 6:00 pm.
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. Credit cards and debit card payments are still available.
6. Online consultations are now available! If you wish to connect with a veterinarian via message, phone or video, visit our website and follow the "Online Consultation" link.
7. 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 Barriefield Animal Hospital