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 a reality for most cats. By 3-4 years of age, many cats have significant gingivitis, and many have periodontal disease. It is a slow process, but if it were to become severely infected, it’s very painful and can affect the overall health and well-being of your feline friend.
Your cat should have a wellness exam at least once a year at which time their teeth will also be checked. It is significantly easier to address and resolve dental issues that are detected early. A dental cleaning is performed while your cat is under general anesthetic; the veterinarian may also do bloodwork before any anesthesia is given. The teeth will be closely evaluated, and x-rays may be taken. The teeth will then be scaled and polished.
What are the signs of dental problems in cats?
The importance of regular checkups is to catch any issues that your cat may have with their teeth before it becomes an issue. Signs to watch for that may indicate a problem may be drooling, bad breath, redness of gums, or having trouble eating.
Are some feline breeds more susceptible than others?
There are breeds of cats that may be more prone to dental problems such as the Siamese and Persian breeds. Genetics is also a factor that can contribute to dental problems. With the help of your veterinarian and regular checkups, monitoring the health of your cat’s teeth, no matter what breed of cat you own whether it is purebred or mixed, your veterinary team will be prepared to take care of any issues that arise.
What is feline tooth resorption?
Tooth resorption is a problem that will affect many cats over the course of their life. As a tooth starts to break down becoming “holey” in a sense, the tooth begins to dissolve away being reabsorbed. It generally, but not always, affects multiple teeth at a time. Unfortunately, the best course of action is to extract the affected teeth. Like most dental issues, tooth resorption can be quite painful and uncomfortable for your cat.
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. 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 Friday: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
- Saturday: 9:00 am - 1:00 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 Crossroads Animal Hospital