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.
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.
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 Friday: 8:00 am - 6:00 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 Barriefield Animal Hospital