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.

A cat and its teeth

Cat Dental Care

Cats like all carnivores (meat eaters) have two sets of teeth. The baby teeth are called deciduous, and by the time cats are approximately six months of age, these have been replaced by their adult teeth, which have to last them the rest of their lives. Hence it is critical that cat owners are alert to dental problems. A cat’s mouth can be one of the most neglected areas of feline health. Cats are experts at hiding health problems; this is true of-of dental disease too. Cats will continue eating despite quite a significant disease in their mouths. Many cat owners have issues handling their pets, nevermind trying to examine inside their mouths! The sooner a dental problem is spotted, the better, hence enabling early treatment.

What is involved in a dental cleaning procedure?

A veterinary dental cleaning always begins with an initial awake oral exam. This allows our doctors to assess the mouth and teeth and gain a general idea of your cat’s dental condition. We may or may not recommend blood work before their cleaning. This will depend on your cat’s age and any other health conditions etc. While under anesthesia, a complete oral exam and x-rays are performed, to identify any problems beneath the gum-line. This will be done if we are worried about a certain tooth. Common painful problems that can be identified with dental radiographs are; broken teeth and roots, periodontal disease, dead teeth, abscesses or infected teeth. We perform a full cleaning under the gum-line where periodontal disease lurks. Followed by a professional scaling and polishing of the crown, or visible part of your cat’s teeth. Lastly, if no extractions needed, we polish all teeth, to make a smooth surface, which helps to discourage plaque and tartar buildup.

What are signs of dental problems in cats?

Some signs can be obvious, and these include the cat not eating, excessive drooling, pawing at the mouth, chattering of the teeth, smelly breath or blood at the corners of their mouth or in their food bowl. Other less obvious signs can include weight loss, eating on one side of the mouth, eating more slowly, choosing soft food and ignoring kibble, or appearing interested in food but backing away when it’s offered. Any change in a cat’s behaviour around mealtime can suggest a dental problem and therefore needs looking into.

Are some feline breeds more susceptible than others?

Yes, Abyssinians and Somalis are notoriously susceptible to gingivitis, while Siamese, Persian and Himalayan cats have high rates of tartar accumulation and receding gums.

What is feline tooth resorption?

Tooth resorption is, unfortunately, a common problem in cats, with research indicating that over 30% of cats will suffer this dental problem in their lifetime. Tooth resorption starts in the root of the tooth, beneath the gum line. The tooth is gradually dissolved and replaced by the surrounding jaw bone. This resorption continues inside the tooth into the crown, which weakens the tooth. The hard covering of the tooth (enamel), while being very strong, is very thin in the cat and can be chipped off this weakened tooth. This exposes the sensitive nerves inside the tooth, which is very painful for your cat!


Dental Health

The Importance of Proper Dental Consultations

Would you pay for subpar oral care? We do a full anesthetic dental cleaning nearly every day at the clinic.

Read More
See All Articles

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 403-278-3168. We will bring your pet into the clinic for an examination with the veterinarian. The veterinarian will then call you to discuss our recommended treatment plan. After your appointment, a technician will return your pet to your car and take care of any needed medications and payment.

2. We are continuing to accept appointments for urgent or sick pets, as well as time-sensitive puppy/kitten vaccinations. All other services will be scheduled for a later time.

3. We are still OPEN with the following hours: Monday to Friday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm.

4. 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 clinic. Our staff will bring your order to your car.

5. For the time being, we are not accepting cash as payment. Credit cards and debit card payments are still available.

6. Following the recommendations of our government and medical experts, we are doing our best to practice social distancing within the constraints of our jobs. We have taken these measures to avoid both contracting and facilitating the spread of this disease.

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 Acadia Drive Animal Clinic