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 Should Retained Baby Teeth Be Extracted?

You may open your puppy or kitten’s mouth and realize they have a bunch of extra teeth. Why is that? Well as the adult teeth start to erupt in the mouth, they are supposed to push the baby (deciduous) teeth out. Sometimes the baby teeth stay wedged in and don’t get pushed out like they are supposed to. 

What should you do?  Do not try to pull the baby teeth out yourself. You may accidentally pull out healthy adult teeth. If you don’t properly extract the baby tooth then you may leave behind some of the root. This can also cause an infection and/or impaction. It may even affect and permanently damage the adult teeth near it.

Why not just leave the baby teeth in? Leaving the baby teeth in will cause crowding, which can affect how the adult teeth come in. It can cause impaction of the adult teeth, and cause the adults to erupt in the mouth crooked or where they are not supposed to be. The extra crowding in the mouth will accumulate more tartar and build up, causing all the surrounding teeth and gums to develop dental disease. 

When your pet is ready to be spayed or neutered around 6 months of age, we recommend examining the mouth to check for retained baby teeth.  We can properly extract the baby teeth at that time while they are already under anesthetic for their procedure. Depending on the breed of animal, such as toy breeds, we sometimes have the owner bring them back when they are a little bit older (around 7-8 months old) to get spayed and neutered. By giving them a few extra months, those stubborn baby teeth may be able to fall out on their own. If they haven’t at this point, they will most likely need to be professionally extracted.

 

Michelle Arrowsmith, RVT

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How to help injured and orphaned wild animals

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. 

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COVID-19: Additional measures we are taking

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 furry family members.

The following policies are up-to-date as of Tuesday April 7, 2020:

1. We are currently operating a "closed waiting room" policy to protect our clients and staff. Please call 204-269-8162 when you arrive for your appointment or ring the doorbell, and one of our staff members will meet you at the hospital entrance to admit your pet for their exam. Once the veterinarian has finished the exam, we will call to discuss our recommended treatment plan.

2. We are continuing to accept 2 routine appointments per day, per doctor, but priority will be given to urgent or sick pets, as well as time-sensitive puppy/kitten vaccinations. If you're unsure whether your pet needs medical attention, please call us to discuss your situation.

3. The hospital is still OPEN with the following hours:

Monday 8:00 am - 7:00 pm
Tuesday to Thursday 7:30 am - 7:00 pm
Friday 8:00 am - 6:00 pm
Saturday 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
Sunday CLOSED

The boarding and grooming building is CLOSED until further notice.

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. 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. Following the recommendations of our government and medical experts, we are doing our best to practice physical distancing within the constraints of our jobs. We have taken these measures to avoid both contracting and facilitating the spread of this disease.

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 Centennial Animal Hospital