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.
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!
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.
With recent changes to restrictions on businesses, we are pleased to advise that effective May 19, 2020 the restrictions on veterinary practices have been lifted. 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, heartworm testing, 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 outside the hospital and use your cell phone to call us. We will take a history of your pet's health and discuss any concerns. A staff member will then meet you outside to bring your pet into the hospital for an examination. The Veterinarian will call you to discuss the recommended treatment plan. After your appointment, a staff member will return your pet to you outside, and take care of any needed medications and payment.
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
We are OPEN with the following hours: Monday to Friday: 9:00 am - 6:00 pm Saturday: 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
NEW PET OWNERS
Have you welcomed a new furry family member to your home? We’d love to meet them! Visit our Must Know New Pet Owner Information page for useful resources and helpful recommendations for new pet owners.
Thank you for your patience and understanding and we look forward to seeing you and your furry family members again!