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Cat Dental Care

The dental and oral health of your pet is a top priority. Broken teeth, severe irritation and redness of the gums or even resorptive lesions (cavities) are a common health concern amongst pet owners. At our clinics, we provide a wide variety of services and tools to take proper care of your pet’s oral health.

What is involved in a dental cleaning procedure?

Dental cleaning is a procedure that is performed under general anesthetic. Using a dental probe, our medical staff will check for the presence of gingival pockets or fractured/sensitive teeth. Using an ultrasonic scaler, all tartar and visible plaque are removed. Then, using a high-speed polisher, the surfaces are smoothed to delay plaque build-up.

What are the signs of dental problems in cats?

Common signs of dental disease in cats may include, but are not limited to, increased hiding, difficulty eating, aggression towards people and other animals, drooling or odour from the oral cavity. If you notice any of these signs, be sure to contact us to book a dental exam with our veterinarians.

Are some feline breeds more susceptible than others?

All cats are susceptible to dental disease, but there are a few breeds that are genetically more prone to developing dental disease. Some of these breeds may include Ragdolls, Persians, Siamese and Scottish Folds.

What is feline tooth resorption?

Feline tooth resorption is a disease of the tooth. The exact cause is still unknown. Dental disease in cats can be a factor. Feline tooth resorption is similar to cavities; however, the decay starts from the inside of the tooth. The molars of the lower jaw are most frequently affected. Eventually, the sensitive inner pulp of the tooth is exposed. The only treatment for resorbed teeth is surgical extraction.


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Last updated: July 23, 2020

Dear Clients,

With recent changes to restrictions on businesses, we can continue providing our full range of services, under certain restrictions. As our province enters the next phase of the reopening plan, we have some updates to share with you about our safety measures.

We will now see all cases by appointment only including pets in need of vaccines, wellness exams, blood work, heartworm testing, spays and neuters, dental services, parasite prevention, and more.

Beginning June 29, 2020, clients are able to come into the hospital with their pets with the following restrictions:



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


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.


Merritt Animal Hospital:
Monday to Friday: 8:30 am - 5:30 pm
Saturday: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Sunday: 10:00 am - 2:00 pm

Dresden Veterinary Clinic:
Monday to Friday: 8:30 am - 5:30 pm
Saturday: 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Sunday: Closed

Sydenham River Veterinary Office:
Monday - Friday: 9:00 am – 5:00 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 D.M.S Group Veterinary Team