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.
Periodontal disease describes issues with the supporting structures of the teeth. These include the gingiva, the periodontal ligaments which anchor teeth to the bone, and the alveolar bone. Periodontal disease is the most common tooth problem in our pets. We see it in 90% of dogs over the age of 5 years, and 70% of cats. Bacteria in the mouth create plaque on the surface of the teeth. Over time this leads to gingivitis. Bleeding gums, bad breath and tooth loss are all consequences of poor dental health. Dental issues can also be linked to other medical problems in the body.
Pets with diabetes are at a higher risk of dental disease. Unfortunately, the two go hand in hand. The Inflammation and infection associated with dental disease can affect blood sugars in the body. This decreases their body’s ability to regulate insulin which then makes it difficult to manage their overall health.
Endocarditis, an infection on the valves inside the heart, is common in patients with advanced periodontal disease. Bacteria from the mouth enter the bloodstream and then settle on the heart valve. This can lead to permanent damage to the heart tissues.
When oral bacteria enter the bloodstream through bleeding gums, they get filtered by the liver and can shower other organs causing serious infections.
If infection settles into the bones of the jaw supporting the teeth they can become brittle and even break. This can be more common in smaller breeds as they are more prone to dental disease.
The most effective way to reduce the risk of dental disease in your pets is to maintain a solid oral hygiene regiment. Regular teeth brushing is best. A dental maintenance diet is another option, as well as certain water additives (such as Healthy Mouth), available through your veterinarian. Discuss the benefits of a Comprehensive Oral Health Assessment and Treatment plan (COHAT) with your veterinarian the next time your pet is in for their check-up!
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 Thursday, March 19, 2020:
1. We are currently operating a “closed reception” policy to protect our clients and staff. Once you arrive, please remain in your vehicle and use your cell phone to call us at 613-567-0500.
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 Thursday 8:00 am - 6:00 pm and Friday 8:00 am - 5:00 pm. We will be closed on Saturday for now.
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.
7. 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 Centretown Veterinary Hospital