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.


Your Pets Dental Health

In this blog, we go over the steps to comprehensive oral health assessment and treatment.


We begin with a head to toe exam of your pet, including assessing your pet’s mouth while they are awake. It will allow your veterinarian to evaluate the crowns of your pet’s teeth as well as the gums. During the appointment, it is a great time to ask any questions you may have about your pet’s oral and overall health. It will help you become informed about products that will benefit your pet’s oral care.


Your pet will have blood drawn by a Registered Veterinary Technician with the help of a Veterinary Assistant (and lots of treats). The blood sample will be analyzed, and your veterinarian will get a clear picture of what is going on “below the fur.”

Complete Blood Count (CBC): Provides information about different blood cells and platelets. Low counts of certain cells can indicate conditions such as anemia. High counts of certain blood cells can point to dehydration, inflammation or infection.

Blood Chemistry: Provides information on the function of your pet’s organs. It consists of a panel of proteins, electrolytes, enzymes and other parameters in the bloodstream that allow your veterinarian to assess how your pet’s kidney and liver are working.

Combined with the physical exam, the veterinarian is now able to make a plan for sedation and anesthesia that best suits your pet.


Before anesthesia, a catheter is placed in a vein to provide medicine and fluids for the duration of the procedure. IV fluids help maintain your pet’s blood pressure and hydration status.

Your veterinarian carefully prepares an anesthetic protocol tailored to your pet based on blood work results and exam findings. Your pet will be intubated to provide oxygen and closely monitored throughout their procedure. Oxygen levels, heart rate, blood pressure, and temperature are among the parameters measured. Once anesthetized, your pet’s comprehensive oral health assessment can begin.


Radiographs are taken to identify any problems hidden beneath the gum-line. Common issues that can be diagnosed with radiographs are broken teeth and roots, periodontal disease, resorptive lesions, and abscesses.


An RVT and veterinarian work together to assess and chart every aspect of your pet’s teeth. It includes the level of calculus, gingivitis, gum recession, mobility, and presence of gingival pockets on each tooth.


The space below your pet’s gum-line where bacteria lives are thoroughly scaled. It is followed by scaling of the crown (visible part of the tooth) to remove plaque and tartar build-up.


Lastly, the teeth are polished leaving each tooth with a smooth surface. It prevents plaque and bacteria from adhering to the teeth. The mouth is then rinsed with an oral chlorhexidine solution to kill remaining bacteria. A fluoride treatment may also be applied.


Your pet will wake up swaddled in warm blankets. They are closely monitored and given lots of cuddles to ensure a smooth recovery. Once fully awake, a yummy snack may be offered. After recovery, your pet can go home. An RVT will give you a report of findings, home care instructions and tips to maintain your pets new set of clean teeth.

Written By: Danielle Valiquet, RVT



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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 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