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Dental Season by Dr. Chris Hamilton

Although less than was once felt some people still feel pets don’t need dental care or that they just don’t have the problems people do. This is not the case.

Dogs and cats develop almost all the same problems as people do. They will get plaque if the teeth are not cleaned. This can then mineralize to become tartar and continue to worsen over time. As this progresses the tartar will come into contact with the gums, the gingiva, where there can be bacterial overgrowth and lead to gingivitis. From here it can lead to bad breath, gum loss, bone loss, root exposure and loose teeth. If this progresses too far teeth will need to be removed. This process will often occur earlier and faster in small dogs with tooth crowding or other dogs with abnormal tooth distribution (dentition).   These problems are managed in people by the orthodontist.

Cats and dogs do not have flat premolars and molars with pits like us so cavities are not as big of an issue. Cats, though, do develop a cavity like problem along the gum margin if there is significant inflammation from dental disease. These have gone by many names and now we call it tooth resorption. These teeth are painful. These areas of resorption are not fillable like a cavity and an affected tooth will have to be removed.

There are some differences between people and pets but for the most part the progression of tooth disease is the same. Call us at Watertown’s Clappison Animal Hospital to book your no charge dental appointment with a technician until March 31st.

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Last updated: June 1, 2020

Dear Clients,

With recent changes to restrictions on businesses, we are pleased to advise that effective May 15, 2020 some 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. 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. 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.

5. OPERATING HOURS

We are OPEN with the following hours:

Monday to Friday: 7:00 am - 7:00 pm
Saturday & Sunday: 9:00 am - 3:00 pm

6. GROOMING SERVICES

If your pet requires grooming, please give us a call and we will put your name on a list. Our groomer Stephanie will contact you directly to schedule an appointment.

7. COUNTRY TAILS DOGGIE DAYCARE

As of Tuesday, May 19, 2020, Country Tails Doggie Daycare is open! Their temporary hours of operation are 8:00 am - 6:00 pm. You may get touch with one of our daycare team members at (905) 690-8005 or at countrytails@clappisonvet.com

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

- Your dedicated team at Clappison Animal Hospital