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.
Nearly 70 percent of cats ages 3 and older have symptoms of dental disease. Many of those cats will never receive any home dental care, and the condition of their teeth will worsen every year for the rest of their lives. Just like humans, cats get tartar buildup and gum disease too. The only difference is cats don’t brush their teeth, that’s where YOU can help. Regular teeth brushing, and annual dental cleanings help prevent severe dental disease which can lead to other serious health issues such as heart, liver and kidney disease.
During a dental cleaning (sometimes called a prophylaxis), plaque and tartar are removed from your cat’s teeth, and the health of the entire mouth (tongue, gums, lips, and teeth) is assessed. A thorough dental cleaning can be accomplished only while the pet is under general anesthesia. Anesthesia keeps your cat free of pain during the dental procedure and allows your veterinarian to fully inspect the teeth and remove tartar from under the gums. During anesthesia, a soft plastic tube is inserted into the trachea (the main airway in the throat) to support your cat’s breathing. Placement of the tracheal tube also prevents inhalation of bacteria that are aerosolized during the dental cleaning.
A dental cleaning may include the following:
Removal of visible plaque and tartar from the teeth
Elimination of plaque and tartar from under the gum
Probing of dental sockets to assess dental disease
Polishing to smooth enamel scratches that may attract bacteria
Dental radiographs (X-rays) to evaluate problems below the gum line
Application of fluoride
Removal or repair of fractured or infected teeth
Dental charting so progression of dental disease can be monitored over time
Inspection of the lips, tongue, and entire mouth for growths, wounds, or other problems.
What are signs of dental problems in cats?
Regular inspection of your cat’s mouth is important to catch a dental disease in the early stages. Tartar may appear as a brownish-gold buildup on the teeth, close to the gum line. Redness or bleeding along the gum line may indicate gingivitis. Other signs of dental disease include:
Sudden preference to soft food over dry
Pawing at the mouth
Difficulty chewing or favoring one side of the face/mouth
Loose, broken, or missing teeth
If you notice any of these signs in your cat, schedule an appointment with one of our veterinarians.
Are some breeds more susceptible than others?
Yes, Maine Coons, Persians, and Siamese cats tend to have more dental issues than most other breeds.
What is feline tooth resorption?
Tooth resorption is a disease process where the tooth starts being resorbed back into the jaw. This can start anywhere on the tooth but most commonly at the gingival attachment of the crown and eventually makes its way to the crown of the tooth. The crown may eventually break off because it has been weakened. The cause of this process is unknown but is fairly common in cats. It causes significant amounts of discomfort and requires extraction of the affected tooth.
Below are a few suggestions should you come across injured or orphaned wildlife. First, you need to determine if the wild animal is indeed injured or abandoned without putting yourself in harm’s way. Try not to have too much contact with the animal or to disturb the surroundings. If you are unsure, it is best that you leave it be and call a wildlife specialist to notify them about the animal and its location. Certain animals like rabbits and deer often leave their young alone for long periods throughout the day. If it appears healthy and well, do not disturb the animal.
With recent changes to restrictions on businesses, we are pleased to advise that effective May 11, 2020 the restrictions on veterinary practices have been lifted. Based on these changes, below are some important updates to our operating policies.
1. WE CONTINUE TO SEE ALL CASES BY APPOINTMENT ONLY
This includes vaccines, wellness exams, blood work, heartworm testing, spays and neuters, dental services, and more!
Note: Priority will be given to urgent or sick pets, as well as time-sensitive puppy/kitten vaccinations.
2. SAFETY MEASURES TO KEEP EVERYONE SAFE
Our "closed waiting room" policy will continue with 1 client being able to enter the hospital per appointment. Upon arrival, please call the hospital at 204-269-8162 to let us know that you have arrived. We will inform you if the veterinarian is ready for your appointment. If not, you will be asked to wait in your vehicle or outside until we are ready.
Once your appointment is done, please feel free to wait in the exam room or you may return back to your vehicle.
Please bring a mask/facewear to your appointment.
You will be asked to sanitize your hands with our automatic dispenser upon entering the hospital.
If you would prefer a contact free visit, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will email you an appointment questionnaire prior to your appointment. Upon arrival, please call the hospital at 204-269-8162 and one of our team members will come to get your pet. The veterinarian will call you after the examination.
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".
**If you have ANY of the following : fever, cough, runny nose, sore throat or shortness of breath, please do NOT come to your appointment **
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
We are OPEN with the following hours:
Monday - Thursday: 7:30 am - 8:00 pm Friday: 7:30 am - 6:00 pm Saturday: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm Sunday: CLOSED
5. PET BOARDING & GROOMING
Pet boarding is open as of June 15. Please call us at 204-261-5928 or email us at email@example.com to make your reservations.
Daycare has reopened Monday - Friday 7:00 am - 6:00 pm. Book your play date today!
Closed waiting room still in place for all services. Please call 204-261-5928 upon arrival and one of our team members will be out to get your pet.
Thank you for your patience and understanding and we look forward to seeing you and your furry family members again!
- Your dedicated team at Centennial Animal Hospital