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.
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.
With recent changes to restrictions on businesses, we are pleased to advise that effective July 14, 2020 one member of the pet's family will be allowed inside our clinic as long as a mask is worn while inside and physical distancing guidelines are followed. 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, 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 in your vehicle and use your cell phone to call us. We will take a history of your pet's health and discuss any concerns. When the doctor is ready for your appointment, a staff member will come out and let you know.
We are happy to say that as of July 14th, we are now able to allow ONE member of your household to accompany your pet inside for their examination, as long as you bring a mask of your own to wear while inside the clinic.
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 ARE BACK TO NORMAL
Monday to Saturday: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
We are no longer closed over the lunch hour.
Thank you for your patience and understanding and we look forward to seeing you and your furry family members again!
- Your dedicated team at Kamloops Veterinary Clinic