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.
Do you love to cuddle with your pet but you can’t stand his bad breath? This bad breath may be the start of a big problem. By the time your dog or cat turns three years old, 80% of them will have significant dental disease. It is one of the most commonly diagnosed health problems in small animals. Pets are just like people in that they require regular dental hygiene as part of overall health. The buildup of plaque and tartar on the teeth may lead to bad breath, painful chewing, bleeding from the mouth, gingivitis, infections of the tooth root and loss of teeth.
Sometimes the signs of dental disease are subtle, such as a lack of energy or decreased playfulness. Often owners attribute these changes to ageing, not realizing that crankiness or lower appetite may be due to oral pain and discomfort. Cats are particularly good at hiding dental pain because they are solitary animals in nature and they don’t broadcast when something is wrong. What most people don’t realize is that an untreated dental infection can spread to the heart, kidneys and other organs, weaken the immune system and suddenly become life-threatening.
Practicing regular teeth brushing at home, in addition to regular veterinary visits, is the most efficient and cost-effective way to keep your pet healthy, comfortable and pain-free. June is Pet Dental Health Month, so contact your veterinarian if you have questions about your pet’s dental health.
With recent changes to restrictions on businesses, we are pleased to advise that effective May 25, 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. 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.
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. 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.
4. OPERATING HOURS
We are OPEN with the following hours:
- Monday to Friday: 8:00 am - 6:00 pm
- Saturday & 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 Airdrie Animal Health Centre