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
Small Animal Dentistry is a rapidly growing interest among caregivers of companion animals. Dental disease is the most prevalent disease in dogs and cats and in most cases one of the most preventable diseases. Maintaining optimum oral health aids in tooth retention, ensures the ability to continue good nutrition throughout life, and contributes greatly to overall health and well-being. Just as we see in the human dental field, companion animal dental hygiene requires attention to diet and daily care.
All of our dental procedures are performed under a general anesthetic, which allows us to properly clean the teeth below the gumline. Pre-surgical blood is run prior to sedation to ensure your cat is healthy enough for sedation. IV fluids are administered to maintain blood pressure and hydration while under anesthetic. Your veterinarian will probe and chart the mouth and note any significant findings such as fractured teeth, reabsorptive lesions (feline cavities) and gingivitis. Digital dental x-rays are typically taken to detect decay and disease below the gumline. If decay is noted, the affected teeth will be removed and in many cases the gums are sutured. Remaining healthy teeth are scaled with our ultrasonic scaler and polished to remove dental calculus and tartar and pain medicine is administered prior to recovery.
What are signs of dental problems in cats?
Signs that your kitty may be suffering from some form of dental disease can include drooling, difficulty in eating or dropping kibble, tongue hanging out, rubbing and or pawing at the face, change in behaviour (more irritable) and a foul odour from the mouth.
Are some breeds more susceptible than others?
Some breeds, especially purebreds, tend to be more susceptible to dental disease, however, all cats can suffer from dental disease. Genetics, diet, health and nutrition in the early stages of life may impact a cat’s predisposition to dental disease.
What is feline tooth resorption?
Feline tooth resorption is an autoimmune condition where the root of the tooth is absorbed by the body. This condition is only found in cats and requires oral surgery to properly remove the remaining tooth. If left untreated, cats can develop tooth root abscesses, fractured teeth and exposed roots which can be very painful.
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