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.
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.
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 Friday, March 19, 2020:
1. We are currently operating a “closed waiting room” policy to protect our clients and staff. When you arrive, please remain in your vehicle and use your cell phone to call us at 250.334.8400. We will take a history of your pet from outside your car, and bring your pet into the clinic for an examination with the veterinarian. Once the examination is finished, the Doctor will either call you or come out to talk to you to discuss the treatment etc for your pet. For those who do not have a mobile phone, an easy knock at the door will work the same way!
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 OPEN and temporarily operating as a 24-hour hospital.
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 hospital. Our staff will bring your order to your car and take payment over the phone. You can also use our online store and have your food delivered directly to your home. To sign up for the Online Store, visit our website.
5. For the time being, we are not accepting cash as payment. Credit cards and debit card payments are still available.
6. Online consultations are now available! If you wish to connect with a veterinarian via message, phone or video, visit our website and follow the "Online Consultation" link.
Following the recommendations of our government and medical experts, we are doing our best to practice social distancing within the constraints of our roles. As such, we have taken 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 Van Isle Veterinary Hospital