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 often overlooked when it comes to our pets. It’s one of the most diagnosed problems but can easily be prevented. Common clinical signs that your dog may have something wrong with its mouth include changes or lack of appetite, bad breath, red and swollen gums, pawing at the face, excessive drooling, and depression.
What types of canine dental care services are offered at your hospital?
We do anesthetic dental cleanings (scaling and polishing), extractions, radiographs, and sealants.
How often should I brush my dog’s teeth?
Ideally, a dog’s teeth should be brushed daily. It takes 24 hours for plaque to turn to tartar, which has to be scaled off.
Why is oral and dental health important?
Poor oral hygiene in dogs can result in the development of tartar on the surface of the tooth which traps bacteria and causes irritation to the gums. This irritation and infection can lead to painful bone loss around the tooth root and possibly tooth root abscesses. Progressive infection and bone loss may cause further damage to the skull bones and jaw, or cause recurrent nasal infections. Poor oral hygiene can also affect the general health of the rest of the body and can be the cause of health issues including heart disease, kidney disease, complications for diabetic animals and more.
Providing and maintaining good oral health involves:
– Brushing your animals’ teeth – Feeding them high-quality diets – Having annual health exams with your veterinarian – Avoiding hard chews, such as bones, that will wear down their teeth
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