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.

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Cat Dental Care

Does your cat have bad breath or trouble chewing? Is he or she pawing at their face or have you noticed a recent change in their eating habits? It may be time to come in and discuss your pet’s oral health with one of our wonderful caring team of veterinarians at The College Manor Veterinary Hospital. During the consultation, our doctor would be happy to do a comprehensive oral exam on your cat and provide you with a treatment plan to get your animal companion’s oral health back on track. Once your pet is here for their dental procedure and under a general anesthetic for the scaling and polishing of his or her teeth, we also have the benefit of being able to take some dental x-rays if we notice anything we are concerned about. Dental x-ray gives us the benefit of seeing what’s happening under the gum line and allows us to make the best recommendations for the continued oral health of your special feline friend.

What is involved in a dental cleaning procedure?

Here at College Manor Veterinary Hospital we offer preventive dental scaling and polishing under general anesthesia for your feline companion to help keep their teeth in the best shape possible for many years to come. We also have the benefit of a digital dental x-ray unit to help us make informed decisions regarding your pet’s oral health to help us make the best-informed decisions for your four-legged family member.

What are signs of dental problems in cats?

People are very aware of plaque control, cavity prevention and bad breath for ourselves and as such we visit our dentist regularly and yet we not think to do this for our pets. The most common disease we see in pet animals is periodontal disease, however, pets are also subject to broken teeth, orthodontic problems, and even cavities. All of these problems can also lead to infections that introduce bacteria into other parts of the body. In other words, bad teeth can lead to a sick animal. The first step to good oral health is to look in your pet’s mouth on a regular basis. If your cat’s gums appear red or inflamed, if there’s a foul odour, if you see pus at the gum line or any broken teeth please call us at 905-853-4706 and one of our veterinarians will assess the problem and formulate a treatment plan. The best solution is to look after your pet’s teeth EVERY DAY with regular brushing – just like you would do on your own.

Are some breeds more susceptible than others?

The breed of your cat can definitely be a factor in dental disease. Some breeds like the Oriental Breeds, Persians and Abyssinians tend to be more susceptible to dental disease than other breeds, but all cats are at risk. Genetics also play a role in your pet’s dental health. If one littermate is affected by a dental disease, often the others are as well. Some cats will need yearly cleanings to remove the tartar that has built up on their teeth, while others may only need a cleaning once in their lifetime to every few years. Just like people when it comes to dental problems, everyone is different, and cats are all individuals as well.

What is feline tooth resorption?

At this time the current cause for feline tooth resorption or “neck lesions” is still unknown, but many cats suffer from this painful problem. What this means is that an affected tooth’s root structure breaks down, which in turn causes the enamel and the tooth be-be decayed and bone replaces the tooth If the affected tooth is not extracted, it will eventually erode and disappear as it is absorbed back into the cat’s body. This is quite painful for a cat to go through until the absorption is complete. Many cats, however, will not show obvious signs of pain. Each time you bring your cat in to see us for a consultation here at College Manor Veterinary Hospital, the doctor will have a look in their mouth and assess the teeth. At this time, they will also provide you with a treatment plan appropriate for the level of dental disease your cat is experiencing.

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COVID-19: Additional measures we are taking

Dear Clients,

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 Monday, March 23, 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 905.853.4706. We will take a history from outside of your vehicle, and bring your pet into the clinic for an examination with the veterinarian. We will then return to your vehicle with your pet to discuss our recommended treatment plan.

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 still OPEN with the following hours: Monday to Friday: 9:00 am - 4:00 pm & Saturday: 9:00 am - 1:00 pm.

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, visit our website.

Note: Due to the continued health precautions recommended by Health Canada, we have elected to discontinue 'in clinic' pick-ups for items ordered via our Webstore including both medications and food with immediate effect. The delivery option is extremely flexible and they will deliver to your place of work, home, cottage or wherever you choose.

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 College Manor Veterinary Hospital