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Dental Care Services for Pets

Your pet’s oral hygiene is just as important as the other components of their health. Like many aspects of their health, pet owners play a vital role in supporting their dental care. Since pets can’t brush their teeth and vocalize when they’re experiencing a toothache, it’s a pet owner’s duty to support their pet’s dental health. This includes scheduling regular visits with our team to check-up on your pet’s teeth and gums.

What is periodontal disease?

The first stage of periodontal disease is gingivitis, caused by plaque creating gum inflammation. Plaque is the combination of saliva, bacteria, glycoproteins and sugars binding together on the surface of teeth. If left untreated, periodontal disease destroys the gums and bones that keep teeth in their place. Eventually, your pet’s teeth might fall out or they’ll need to be extracted, depending on the state of their gums and bone structure. This disease can also affect other internal organs like the heart, kidney, lungs and brain.

How likely is my pet to get periodontal disease?

It’s estimated that over 85% of dogs and cats have a type of periodontal disease. It is a painful and uncomfortable experience for pets so it’s important we do what we can to protect your pet from getting it. It’s a preventable disease that can be treated if you’re aware of the signs. These include your pet having bad breath, chewing on one side of their mouth, loss of appetite, flinching when you attempt to touch their face and excessive drooling. If you notice any of these signs, please contact our team at 604.544.7387 to schedule an appointment.

What recommendations do you have to support my pet’s dental health?

If you notice your pet is experiencing any of the symptoms above, book an appointment for a dental exam. Don’t wait until their annual checkup. It’s helpful to create an at-home dental regimen for your pet including brushing their teeth daily and using specially formulated chews and rinses that promote good dental health. Always consult our veterinary team before introducing new products to your pet. Also, make sure you schedule your pet’s annual teeth cleaning, including digital dental X-rays.

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Last updated: July 20, 2020

Dear Clients,

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 pet.

Note: If you are experiencing respiratory symptoms, please let us know when you book your pet’s appointment. As the potential to spread to pets is still relatively unknown, it is possible that your pet could create a risk to other people who may be handling him or her.

1. WE CAN SEE ALL CASES BY APPOINTMENT ONLY This includes vaccines, wellness exams, blood work, spays and neuters, dental services, and more!

2. SAFETY MEASURES FOR APPOINTMENTS

  • We are currently operating with a “closed waiting room” policy to protect our clients and team. When you arrive, please remain in your vehicle and use your cell phone to call us at 604-544- 7387. We will bring your pet into the hospital for an examination with the veterinarian. We will then call you on your cell phone to discuss the issues with your pet, and you will have a telephone consult with the veterinarian to discuss further diagnostics required or a treatment plan for your pet. Following the end of the appointment, we will return your pet to you.
  • 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. One of our team members will bring your order to our designated pick up location, outside our front doors. Payment will be processed 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.
  • 3. OPERATING HOURS We are OPEN with the following hours:
    Monday to Friday: 9:30 am - 5:30 pm
    Saturday: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
    Sunday: CLOSED

    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.

    In these uncertain times, please see the below link for the most recent information for the public on COVID-19 and animals from the Government of Canada (specifically the Canadian Food Inspection Agency). https://www.wormsandgermsblog.com/

    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 Queen’s Park Pet Hospital