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Why Are My Pet’s Gums Red?

The most common cause of red gums in our pets is gingivitis. Along with redness, you may also notice swelling (sometimes serve) and even bleeding along the gumline which means its time to book an appointment with your family veterinarian.

Gingivitis is caused when a film or layer of bacteria or plaque builds up on the teeth and under the gumline. If left untreated gingivitis progresses into periodontitis which is one of the most common diseases we see in our pets. The best defense against gingivitis in our pets is regular brushing, using a dental diet and annual oral health exams with your veterinarian.

Unfortunately gum disease in our pets can go unnoticed until advanced decay and rot have set in. Early gum disease is “silent” with no obvious signs or symptoms. Waiting until your pet shows signs or symptoms of gum disease often means costly dental procedures and oral surgery. This is why regular annual health exams are key.

Advanced stages of gum disease include pain, eroded gums, missing teeth, bone loss and poor overall health.

Signs to watch for include:

  1. Chronic pain – pawing at face, rubbing muzzle along furniture/carpet.
  2. Change in behavior – irritable, snappy, isolating themselves, not wanting to be touched.
  3. Foul Breath/drooling – sometimes there is blood in the saliva
  4. Chewing on one side of the mouth – Often you’ll notice an unusual amount of kibble dropped on the ground outside of their dish.
  5. Inappetence – they are just too painful to eat
  6. Tarter – large amounts of hardened plaque built up on the teeth.
  7. Sores/swelling of the face – often associated with tooth root abscesses which can cause open, oozing sores under the eye, on the cheeks and muzzle.

If you are concerned your pet may be suffering from signs of gum disease or notice red gums the best treatment is to book a consult with your family veterinarian. Call us today at 250.334.8400.

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Last updated: September 22, 2020

Dear Clients,

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

3. ONLINE ORDERS

The use of our online store for easy ordering, payment and delivery of our pet's food, flea and tick medications. Orders over $100 can be delivered to your home for free! CLICK HERE

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

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