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.
Dental care is a vitally important component of your cat’s overall health. We recommend offering regular dental treats, dental diets, water additives and brushing your cat’s teeth (daily is ideal). We offer dental cleanings similar to what your dentist provides for you. We require our feline patients to go under general anesthesia for dental procedures. It allows us the ability to properly examine the inside of the mouth, thoroughly clean the teeth, take diagnostics radiographs and perform extractions (depending on the condition of the teeth).
When dental disease is already present, tooth brushing cannot reverse the process. A complete dental assessment and treatment procedure is needed to scale away the tartar, clean below the gum line, take x-rays of the tooth roots, and possibly extract any badly damaged teeth. It is all done under general anesthetic. All our patients receiving general anesthetic have an exam and blood work done prior to the procedure to ensure the anesthesia will be safe for them.
What are the signs of dental problems in cats?
A lack of appetite is usually the first sign that something might be wrong with your cat’s mouth. Other signs could include increased drooling, swelling around the mouth or below the eyes, chattering jaw, bad breath, recurrent nasal infections, or a tendency to only eat soft food. Cats are stoic creatures and often do not show any signs of poor oral health – especially if the disease has progressed slowly over time.
Are some feline breeds more susceptible than others?
All cats are susceptible to dental disease. Oriental Shorthair and Siamese cats, as well as some other purebred cats, are predisposed to dental disease.
What is feline tooth resorption?
Feline tooth resorption, also known as Feline odontoclastic resorptive lesions (FORLs), is the breakdown of the cat tooth above or below the gum line. This often occurs secondary to inflammation, overcrowding of teeth, or orthodontic tooth movement. The inflammation may be due to infectious disease, irritation from tartar, or sometimes for unknown reasons. The breakdown of the tooth surface is often very painful, and often cats show signs of oral pain – not eating, food falling from their mouth, increased drooling, or facial swelling. Diagnosis of FORLs may be done by exam if the tooth decay is occurring above the gum line. Often, however, x-rays of the tooth need to be done to visualize the tooth below the gum line. Most often, affected teeth should be extracted.
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 30, 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 250.715.5143. 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: 9:00 am - 5:30 pm. Saturday: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm.
4. If you are ordering food or medications, please allow 2-4 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 Prevost Veterinary Clinic