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.
Dental health is a significant part of our pet’s overall health. One of the most commonly diagnosed health problems in pets is oral diseases. At Animal Medical Centre North, we provide dental care services to help your pets live a long and healthy life.
What types of canine dental care services are offered at your hospital?
At Animal Medical Centre North, we offer dental scaling and polishing, dental x-rays and extractions. All dental procedures are done under anesthesia to ensure a pain-free and stressless procedure for your dog. Anesthesia also allows for better cleaning because your pet is not moving around and risking injury from the dental equipment. A Registered Veterinary Technologist monitors dogs throughout the entire procedure to ensure they receive proper IV fluids.
Retained baby teeth can also cause problems in dogs. Sometimes, baby teeth do not fall out on their own, which can lead to issues such as gum irritation and tartar build up. The veterinarian may recommend having these teeth extracted.
How often should I brush my dog’s teeth?
We recommend that you brush your dog’s teeth daily. However, we realize that this is not always possible. Brushing even 2-3 times a week will make a positive impact on your dog’s oral health. Toothpaste comes in exciting and yummy flavours such as chicken and vanilla mint, so your dog will look forward to having their teeth brushed.
Why is oral and dental health important?
A healthy mouth ensures a healthy dog! Most dental diseases occur below the gumline where we can not see it. We recommend brushing your dog’s teeth daily and feeding them an AAFCO-approved dental diet. Regular dental care can also prevent other major health issues and help you save a lot of money over the lifespan of your dog.
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 Wednesday, March 18, 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 780-539-0636. We will bring your pet into the hospital for an examination with the veterinarian. The veterinarian will then call you to discuss our recommended treatment plan. After your appointment, a technician will return your pet to your car and take care of any needed medications and payment.
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. However, if you're unsure whether your pet needs medical attention, please call us to discuss your situation.
3. We are still OPEN with the following hours: Monday to Saturday 8:30 am - 5:30 pm
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, please 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 social 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 Animal Medical Centre North