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.
Dental disease is one of the most common health problems in our pet dogs. Signs of periodontal disease may include bad breath, red or swollen gums, changes in chewing habits, and decreased appetite. Most of the time, however, periodontal disease is well established before you start to see any obvious signs in your dog.
What types of canine dental care services are offered at your clinic?
At Barriefield Animal Hospital, we offer complete oral health assessment and treatment including extraction of painful or diseased teeth when 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. 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. We recommend regular professional dental assessment and scaling/polishing in order to prevent periodontal disease and its consequences.
What can I do at home?
There are things you can do at home to prevent or slow the development of dental issues in your pets, and the early stages of gingivitis may be reversible with proper intervention. It is therefore very important that you talk to your veterinarian about dental care and disease prevention and have your dog’s teeth checked every year as part of their annual exam.
Tooth brushing is by far the most effective method of dental home care and should be performed every night, as part of your daily routine. Hard bones or chews are never recommended, as they frequently lead to painful dental fractures. Please ask us about other tips for maintaining your dog’s healthy smile.
Why is oral and dental health important?
Diseased teeth are both painful and a source of bacterial infection that may spread to other parts of your dog’s body.
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, Tuesday, Thursday: 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
Wednesday, Friday: 8:00 am - 6:00 pm
Saturday: 8:30 am - 12:00 pm
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