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.

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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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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.

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Last updated: September 8, 2020

Dear Clients,

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

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
Sunday: Closed


NEW PET OWNERS

Have you welcomed a new furry family member to your home? We’d love to meet them! Visit our Must Know New Pet Owner Information page for useful resources and helpful recommendations for new pet owners.

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