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.
Why is Dental Health Important? Dental health is a critical aspect of your pet’s overall health. Dental disease is painful and can lead to other health issues such as kidney disease, heart disease and bacterial infections.
During your initial appointment we will do a complete physical exam and get a general idea of your pet’s oral health. We will then create an estimate for a cleaning and include any extractions we can predict. It is impossible to tell which teeth, if any, need extraction until your pet is under anesthesia, the mouth is explored, and x-rays are taken. During your scheduled dental procedure, your pet will be anesthetized, and their teeth will be scaled and polished and each individual tooth assessed for disease processes. Any problem teeth will be noted, x-rayed and may be extracted if necessary.
What are signs of dental problems in cats?
Dental health is a critical aspect of your pet’s overall health. Dental disease is painful and can lead to other health issues such as kidney disease, heart disease and bacterial infections.
Some signs of dental disease include:
Red, irritated gums along the teeth
Yellow/brown hardened layer on teeth (tartar)
Fractured or worn-down teeth
Pain or discomfort when face is touched
Pawing or scratching at face
Swelling or draining lumps on the face
Lack of appetite or difficulty chewing
Are some feline breeds more susceptible than others?
Dental disease affects cats of all breeds but cats with “smooshy” faces such as Persians and exotic shorthaired cats are often more susceptible.
What is feline tooth resorption?
A Feline Oral Resorptive Lesion (FORL) is a phenomenon that often occurs in cats. Essentially the body attacks one or more teeth resulting in a lesion on the tooth. FORLs appear as red/pink areas on the tooth itself and can be very painful. On x-ray, the tooth will appear as though it is getting eaten away. It is not completely known why this occurs and the recommended treatment is to remove the tooth to eliminate the source of pain.
Kennel cough is a highly contagious upper respiratory infection, that can be caused by a variety of different viruses and bacteria. The kennel cough vaccine available is able to protect against one of the most common sources of kennel cough, but just like with our human influenza vaccine, it cannot cover every strain.
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 23, 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 250.374.1485. 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.
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 Saturday: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm. With recent operation changes, we have decided to close for lunch daily between 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm. This closure ensures our staff gets a much-needed break and a chance to reorganize orders and catch up. Thank you for your understanding!
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.
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 Kamloops Veterinary Clinic