Our team continues to be here for you and your cherished pets. We are OPEN and are now able to provide a wide range of services. To learn more about the changes we have implemented in response to COVID-19 and what to expect during your next visit, click here.
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.
Most cats have 18 toes; five toes on each of their front feet, and four on the back. My cat, Mandy Pawtinkin, is blessed with 22 toes. She has a congenital physical anomaly called polydactyly (Greek for ‘many digits’). It is a genetic mutation that causes cats to be born with more than the usual number of toes on one or more of its paws.
With recent changes to restrictions on businesses, we are pleased to advise that effective June 5, 2020 the restrictions on veterinary practices have been lifted. Based on these changes, below are some important updates to our operating policies.
1. WE CAN NOW SEE ALL CASES BY APPOINTMENT ONLY
This includes vaccines, wellness exams, blood work, heartworm testing, spays and neuters, dental services, and more!
2. SAFETY MEASURES TO KEEP EVERYONE SAFE
Continue our "closed waiting room" policy to protect our clients and staff. When you arrive, please remain outside the hospital and use your cell phone to call us. We will take a history of your pet's health and discuss any concerns. Starting July 6, one person is allowed inside per appointment, as long as you have a mask.
Continue the use of credit cards as the preferred payment method.
Continue with curbside pickup of food and medication (unless you have used our online store and are having your order delivered directly to your home). To place an order through our online store, visit our website and click on "Online Store".
3. OPERATING HOURS
Beginning June 8, we will be resuming our normal business hours:
Monday - Friday: 7:30 am – 8:00 pm
Saturday: 8:00 am - 2:00 pm
Thank you for your patience and understanding and we look forward to seeing you and your furry family members again!
- Your dedicated team at Halifax Veterinary Hospital