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. Open 7 days a week
What Can I Feed My Pet, Now That He Has Just Lost All of His Teeth?
March 1, 2019
Here at Van Isle Vet, we get asked this question a lot! It can be shocking to many pet owners when they hear the news that their beloved pet requires all of their remaining teeth to be extracted. It can happen over the course of several years and multiple dental procedures due to dental disease or can happen acutely when all remaining teeth need to be extracted at once. This is typically due to a medical condition known as stomatitis which occurs in cats (even at a very young age) or severe periodontal disease. When it comes to good oral health, most pets will likely require some extractions over the course of their lifetime.
Both dogs and cats fair extremely well after losing all of their teeth. In fact, they even feel much better once healed, and owners often say “it’s like he’s a puppy/kitten again!” During the initial stages of healing, your veterinarian will recommend that if your pet is kibble fed, to continue with his regular diet but add a little warm water 10 -15 mins prior to feeding to allow the kibble to soften. If your pet eats canned food, then they can continue as normal. Several pets prefer kibble as they enjoy the “crunch” and some will even refuse soft or canned food. It is especially true for cats. Several cats will go on a hunger strike as they flat out refuse to eat a canned diet. These cats, in time, will be able to go back to kibble, even without any teeth. They move the kibble around in their mouths until they feel comfortable enough to swallow it. Their mouths are safe to try kibble after 14 days and often owners will have great success with getting their cats to eat normally again once they introduce kibble back into their daily diet.
If your veterinarian has just broken the news that your pet may lose all of it’s remaining teeth, don’t panic! The health benefits to having those diseased teeth removed will improve your pet’s overall health and give them a happy, pain-free mouth while they live out their senior years!
Van Isle Veterinary Hospital is super excited to be hosting our 4th annual cupcake day fundraiser! BCSPCA celebrates “Treat Week” across the Province from Feb 24th – March 1st 2020 where business, pet owners and animal lovers can bake up a storm and sell treats with the proceeds going to BC animals in need.
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, spays and neuters, dental services, and more!
As you can imagine, we have a significant backlog of surgeries and wellness/vaccine exams to catch up on and we will be working hard over the next several weeks to do just that. We want to thank everyone in advance for your patience while we work through this. Although restrictions have been lifted, our health and safety protocols have not. It is important we continue to follow the guidelines set out by Worksafe BC and social distance our large team as much as possible. This means although we can offer these elective services, we are doing much fewer during the day then we were pre-COVID.
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
During the first 8 weeks of COVID, we were operating as a 24-hour facility to better serve our community and to maintain social distancing within our team. However, as the COVID-19 situation changes, so do we!
Our team of doctors felt it was important to get back to performing your pet’s much needed regular services. In order to do so safely, we had to once again change the way we do business.
We are OPEN with the following hours:
Monday - Friday: 8:00 am - 8:00 pm Saturday & Sunday: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
We are continuing to expand our hours to better serve our clients and social distance our team with 1 vet and 1 tech here until 11:00 pm, 7 days a week.
Thank you for your patience and understanding and we look forward to seeing you and your furry family members again!
- Your dedicated team at Van Isle Veterinary Hospital