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Cat Dental Care

Dental disease is the most common disease diagnosed at Coxwell Animal Clinic. Even young cats begin to show signs of dental disease. This can consist of bad breath, tartar, red and swollen gums, dropping food, drooling, pain. If these clinical signs are seen, we recommend your cat come in for an examination. At Coxwell, we provide a full range of dental care to help your cat!

What is involved in a dental cleaning procedure?

During a dental cleaning procedure, your cat will first be examined to ensure they are healthy and stable for the dental procedure. We recommend that pre-anesthetic blood work is performed before your procedure. For the dental cleaning procedure, your cat will be under full general anesthetic (including full monitoring, IV fluids). While they’re asleep, we perform a complete and comprehensive exam of your cat’s mouth. This enables us to assess the level of dental disease better. The findings are recorded on a dental chart. Following this, the teeth are scaled and polished. We always recommend performing full mouth dental radiographs to assess the roots of each tooth.

What are signs of dental problems in cats?

Signs of dental disease consist of bad breath, tartar on teeth, red and swollen gums, drooling, pawing at the mouth, dropping food or not eating and swelling of the face. If any of these signs are seen, we highly recommend you bring your cat to your veterinarian.

Are some breeds more susceptible than others?

Some cats can be more genetically predisposed to developing dental disease. Main Coons and different Asian breeds can be prone to developing inflammation of the gingiva and mouth. Brachycephalic cats (such as Himalayans and Persians) can have an abnormal orientation of their teeth, which can predispose them to dental problems.

What is feline tooth resorption?

Feline tooth resorption is a tooth defect, where part of the tooth is eroded away. Resorption typically starts at the gum line and destroys the enamel, but it can advance to the point where the whole tooth is destroyed. As the decay spreads, this can be a very painful disease. It’s similar to cavities in people. In our cats, we recommend a full dental cleaning and dental radiographs to assess the extent of the resorption. These teeth need to be extracted.

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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 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 416.423.3042. 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 Friday: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm, & closed Saturday to Sunday

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.

5. For the time being, we are not accepting cash as payment. Credit cards and debit card payments are still available.

6. Online consultations are now available! If you wish to connect with a veterinarian via message, phone or video, visit our website and follow the "Online Consultation" link.

7. 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 Coxwell Animal Clinic