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.
Did you know that one of the most common clinical conditions occurring in adult dogs and cats is dental disease? Dental disease, or periodontal disease, begins when bacteria in the mouth form plaque that sticks to the surface of the teeth. Without regularly cleaning, plaque turns into tartar, and you see some accumulation of, well, ‘nasty stuff’ on the surface of your pets’ teeth.
Dental disease is preventable! It is never too late to start getting your pet used to regular brushing. For those pets that have a certain level of dental disease present, a dental cleaning can help give your pet a fresh start – but what about afterwards? Prevention is key, and brushing your pets’ teeth is one of the many steps you can take to ensure your pet has a happy and healthy mouth. Here are some helpful tips on how to start a regime of brushing at home with your pet:
The first step is to work with your pet’s mouth. With a little patience, your pet will soon accept your attention. Make it fun for both of you. Use a lot of love and especially praise to gain their confidence. Try to have your practice sessions at the same time and place each day so your pet gets into a routine.
Start by handling your pet’s muzzle and tickling their lips, and soon you will be able to rub their teeth and gums with your finger. Place a small amount of the toothpaste specifically for animals on your finger and let them lick it off. Praise them. Do this for a few days or at least a week before the next step.
Next, use a soft toothbrush with a small amount of toothpaste on the brush. Have your pet lick it off. Praise them. Reward them. Make this a positive experience. Do this for a few days or at least a week.
Now that your pet is comfortable with that place light pressure on their head. Do one stroke with the toothbrush with a little paste on it to each side of the mouth. Offer them more toothpaste for them to lick off your finger as a reward. J Praise them.
Gradually work your way up until you can brush more and more, and your pet becomes more comfortable with you around their face and head.
Brushing does most of the cleaning. Brushing at least three times weekly is recommended (daily is much better). Human toothpaste is to be avoided as it will cause stomach upset if swallowed. We recommend C.E.T® Enzymatic Toothpaste or Imrex Breathalyser Toothpaste. They come in a variety of flavours that your pet will love.
How do I know if my dog's problem is due to separation anxiety?
Separation anxiety describes dogs that usually are overly attached or dependent on family members. They become extremely anxious and show distress behaviours such as vocalization, destruction, or house soiling when separated from the owners.
With recent changes to restrictions on businesses, we are pleased to advise that effective May 19, 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
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 905.857.5057. 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: 8:00 am - 6:00 pm - Tuesday: 8:00 am - 8:00 pm - Wednesday: 8:00 am - 6:00 pm - Thursday: 8:00 am - 8:00 pm - Friday: 8:00 am - 6:00 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 North Hill Animal Hospital