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 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.
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-door" policy to protect our clients and staff. When you arrive, please remain in your vehicle and use your cell phone to call us at 780-458-3833. We will take a history of your pet from outside of your car, 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 Saturdays 9:00 - 2:00 pm and closed on Sundays.
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 clinic. Our staff will bring your order to your car and take payment from your vehicle. We do have our online store available, which can be accessed from our website by clicking the Online Store button.
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 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 Mission Ridge Animal Hospital