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 one of the most common diseases found in dogs of any age. There are many ways to help your dog have good oral hygiene which includes oral rinses, chews and toothbrush and toothpaste. Regular dental cleanings performed under anesthesia are also recommended every 1-2 years to ensure these preventative measures at home are continuing to be beneficial and that there are not any hidden diseases. All of our staff would be happy to discuss the range of dental care that we offer.
What types of dental care for dogs do you offer at your clinic?
We provide dental COHATs for dogs, which stands for a Complete Oral Health Assessment and Treatment. This begins with an examination by a veterinarian and then continues under anesthesia where your dog’s teeth will be scaled with both ultrasonic and hand scaler, polished, probed for pockets and charted. We also take full mouth x-rays to assess for any diseases with the tooth roots. The veterinarian will then perform any surgical extractions of diseased teeth. While under anesthesia, your dog is monitored by a licensed veterinary technologist. Blood pressure and heart rate are constantly monitoring to ensure the procedure is as safe as possible.
How often should you brush your dog’s teeth?
Ideally, dogs should have their teeth brushed daily to remove the slimy plaque layer of bacteria that builds up. We recommend making it a part of yours and your dog’s daily routine.
Why is oral and dental health important?
Dental issues can affect your dog’s entire quality of life. A diseased tooth can be painful every time they chew and eat. Dogs often suffer in silence and will continue to eat and drink like nothing is wrong. Also, plaque and tartar are made up of millions of bacteria. By allowing them to build up this, bacteria can spread into the roots of the teeth, the jaw bone and to other organs of the body like the heart, liver and kidneys and create other health problems.
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
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 - 5:00 pm - Saturday: 9:00 am - 2:00 pm - Sunday: CLOSED
Thank you for your patience and understanding and we look forward to seeing you and your furry family members again!
Your dedicated team at Mission Ridge Animal Hospital