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Dental Wellness

Dental wellness is a very important aspect of overall pet health.

At least once per year, your veterinarian will examine your pet’s mouth to check for signs of problems. Some of these signs include loose or broken teeth, swollen gums, and bad breath. These may be caused by other conditions, and if left untreated can lead to other health problems.

For example, loose or broken teeth can cause pain in your pet’s mouth. A painful mouth may cause your beloved dog or cat to eat less food and possibly lose weight. Furthermore, loose teeth usually mean your pet has swollen or bleeding gums which indicate a bacterial infection. Any bacteria present in your pet’s gums easily travel through blood vessels to vital organs such as the heart or kidneys, potentially causing disease. Fortunately, these problems can be prevented with sound dental health practices both at home and with our veterinary team.

At home, the ideal way to promote dental health in pets is brushing their teeth daily. If you aren’t sure how to start, please contact us! We also feature toothbrushing in this video on our Facebook page (click to see video)

Some pets are not keen on having their teeth brushed, and we offer several alternatives:

  • edible dental chews
  • water additives
  • dental diets

Similar to people, pets should receive professional cleanings every so often. A professional dental cleaning involves removing problems not easily seen in your pet’s mouth, such as tartar below the gumline or extracting infected teeth. To make this procedure safe and comfortable for your pets, they are placed under general anesthesia. As per the American Veterinary Medical Association, “…anesthesia will always have risks, it’s safer now than ever and continues to improve so that the risks are very low and are far outweighed by the benefits. Most pets can go home the same day of the procedure, although they might seem a little groggy for the rest of the day.”

For more information, please give us a call or email.

Written by: Nanette Lai, Veterinary Assistant

References: 
American Veterinary Medical Association. (2019). February is National Pet Dental Health Month. Retrieved from: https://www.avma.org/public/PetCare/Pages/Pet-Dental-Care.aspx

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Last updated: August 14, 2020

Dear Clients,

Thank you for choosing Seneca Animal Clinic for your pets' veterinary needs. As we continue to adjust to the "new normal," we have implemented new protocols to keep you and our team safe.

It is still preferred that you stay in your vehicle while we bring your pet in for their appointment. However, as of August 14, 2020, we will be allowing one client to accompany their pet during their visit for urgent, new puppy/kitten, or euthanasia appointments.

Should you choose to come in with your pet, we kindly ask that you comply with the following protocols:

  • Our doors will remain locked. Please call us at 416.494.1109 upon your arrival.
  • Face coverings must be worn to enter the clinic.
  • Physical distance with staff and other clients while inside the building.
  • Use hand santizing station upon entry.
  • 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".
  • If you wish to wait in your vehicle during the appointment, 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. A staff member will then meet you outside to bring your pet into the hospital for an examination. The Veterinarian will call you to discuss the recommended treatment plan. After your appointment, a staff member will return your pet to you outside, and take care of any needed medications and payment.
  • ONLINE CONSULTATIONS ARE AVAILABLE

    If you wish to connect with a veterinarian via message, phone or video, visit our website and follow the "Online Consultation" link.

    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.

    OPERATING HOURS

    We are OPEN with the following hours:

    - Monday & Tuesday: 8:00 am - 6:30 pm
    - Wednesday: 8:00 am - 6:00 pm
    - Thursday: 8:00 am - 6:30 pm
    - Friday: 8:00 am - 6:00 pm
    - Saturday: 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
    - Sunday: CLOSED

    Thank you for your patience and understanding and we look forward to seeing you and your furry family members again!

    - Your dedicated team at Seneca Animal Clinic