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Cat Dental Care

Dental disease is one of the most common health issues in our pet cats.

What is involved in a dental cleaning procedure?


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.

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Last updated: September 28, 2020

Dear Clients,

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

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: 8:00 am - 6:00 pm
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday: 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
Friday: 8:00 am - 6:00 pm
Saturday: 9:00 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 Barriefield Animal Hospital