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.

The Importance of Dental Health

Why is it important to keep your pet’s teeth clean? Besides the obvious preference of having our pet’s breath smelling minty fresh, 80% of dogs and 70% of cats have dental disease by age 3. Those are pretty staggering statistics. Aside from saving your pet pain and discomfort, dental health is related to a chain of reactions that affect his or her overall health. It is a key part of your pet’s everyday health and vitality and as far as diseases go actually the most common clinical disease seen in dogs.

Dental disease begins when bacteria turns into plaque (a slimy film of bacteria) that sticks to the surface of the teeth. This causes bad breath to start. Minerals in the saliva harden the plaque into tartar (hard calcified deposits that form on teeth) which spreads under the gum line. Unlike plaque (that you can remove with home care), tartar must be removed by your Veterinarian. Bacteria under the gum line secrete toxins which contribute to tissue damage and gum inflammation. Gum disease may progress to cause pain and tooth loss.

This bacteria is considered a foreign invader by the immune system, and it causes an immune response. The immune system reacts, inflammatory chemicals move in, and these chemicals cause damage to the supporting tissues of the tooth. Instead of solving the problem, your pet’s own immune system makes the disease worse. The inflamed gums allow bacteria to enter the bloodstream and once in the bloodstream, bacteria travel throughout the body where they can negatively impact vital organs like the heart, liver and kidneys.

There are many factors that contribute to dental problems.

Age: Dental disease is more common in older pets.

Breed: Certain breeds will be more prone to dental disease for one reason or another. As an example, Persians and other flat-faced cats that are more likely to have overcrowded or misaligned teeth that are difficult to keep clean will be more prone to dental disease. In dogs, those with a short nose, small dogs or flat faced dogs are more likely to require closer supervision to keep their mouth’s healthy.

Food: Some foods can increase your pet’s risk of dental disease, so ask your Veterinarian for a nutritional recommendation.

Lastly, lack of dental care may also be contributing to the development of your pet’s dental disease so it is important to brush your pet’s teeth before plaque can mineralize into tarter. Scheduling annual dental check-ups with your Veterinarians is the most efficient way to ensure your pet’s mouth stays healthy. If your pet forms tartar quickly or has a history of dental problems, more frequent exams and cleanings may be advised.

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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.

Last updated: Tuesday, May 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 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 can now see all cases by appointment only.

3. We are still OPEN with the following hours:
Monday - Wednesday: 9:00 am - 7:00 pm
Thursday: 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
Friday: 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Saturday: 9:00am - 1:00pm
Sunday: Closed

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