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Cat Dental Care

If dental disease is left untreated, it can lead to serious and uncomfortable issues not just in the mouth but the whole body. At Animal Medical Centre North, we offer regular dental cleaning and extractions when needed.

What is involved in a dental cleaning procedure?


An exam is performed to assess the degree of dental disease. If only cleaning is needed, we start with removing the bigger pieces of tartar with dental forceps, then an ultrasonic scaler to remove finer pieces. This process leaves grooves on the tooth surface, so we polish the teeth to a smooth surface. If there are teeth that need to be extracted, the veterinarian will remove them. We chart all the teeth and note any abnormalities.

What are the signs of dental problems in cats?


Cats with dental problems will show signs of unwillingness to eat, weight loss due to decreased eating, pawing at their face, increase salivation and/or a bad odour from the mouth.

Are some feline breeds more susceptible than others?


Any brachycephalic breeds (flat pushed in faces) like Persians and Himalayans are more prone to dental problems.

What is feline tooth resorption?


Tooth resorption is when the dentin of the tooth erodes, which can affect the crown of the tooth, root or both. Unfortunately, the damage can not be reversed, and the tooth affected needs to be removed (extracted). When the roots are so damaged that they can not be extracted, the crown must be amputated.

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Last updated: May 25, 2020

Dear Clients,

With recent changes to restrictions on businesses, we are pleased to advise that effective May 25, 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

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. 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.

5. OPERATING HOURS

We are OPEN with the following hours:

Monday to Sunday: 8:30 am - 5:30 pm

Thank you for your patience and understanding and we look forward to seeing you and your furry family members again!

- Your dedicated team at Animal Medical Centre North