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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Dental Care for Dogs

Dental disease is one of the most common issues that we see in our clinic. Dental health in dogs is just as important as it is in people. Dogs can’t brush their teeth, so it falls to owners to take the lead in preventive dental care and address any dental health issues as they arise.

What types of canine dental care services are offered at your hospital?


Our hospital offers a range of dental care services from dental assessment exams and advice on routine and preventive dental care to dental cleaning under general anesthetic, specialized dental x-rays and removal of affected teeth when required.

How often should I brush my dog’s teeth?


Ideally, the teeth should be brushed every day. A minimum of every three days is required in order to be effective as plaque calcifies and turns into tartar after around 72 hours and cannot be removed by brushing. Any little bit is beneficial as it will help to prevent further tartar build-up; however, brushing daily should be the goal.

Why is oral and dental health important?


A dog doesn’t use its mouth to eat and drink alone. Dogs use their mouths to breathe, control their body temperature through panting, clean themselves, play and communicate with other animals and with us. An unhealthy, sore mouth can affect many aspects of a dog’s life.

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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 902.422.8595. We will take a history of your pet over the phone, and bring your pet into the clinic for an examination with the veterinarian. Once the examination is finished, we will call to discuss our recommended treatment plan over the phone and then return to your vehicle with your pet. Please ensure your pet has a properly fitted collar or is in a secure carrier. Please remove any additional clothing or blankets prior to our staff handling our patients to minimize risk to our team.

2. We are still OPEN but are now working in two shifts with reduced hours, reduced staff numbers and a need to close for extensive cleaning between shifts.
Monday, Wednesday, Friday: 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Tuesday, Thursday: 1:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Saturday: 9:00 am - 2:00 pm.

3. 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.

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. You may see our team members wearing additional protective gear when interacting with our clients and patients.

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 Halifax Veterinary Hospital