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.

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Cat Dental Care

There is a vast majority that all pets have some form of periodontal disease by the time they are 3 years of age. Dental disease can result in bad breath, painful chewing, and tooth loss. Bacteria under the gums can travel to the heart, kidneys and liver. By keeping your pet’s teeth clean you can help them live a longer healthier happy life.

What is involved in a dental cleaning procedure?


During a dental cleaning plaque and tartar are removed from a pet’s teeth, and the health of the entire mouth (tongue, gums, lips, and teeth) is assessed. Anesthesia keeps your pet still and free of pain during the dental procedure and allows your veterinarian to fully inspect the teeth and remove tartar from under the gums.

What are signs of dental problems in cats?


Signs of dental disease in cats can be drooling, bleeding from the mouth, difficulty eating, vomiting, bad breath, pawing at the mouth, and or behaviour changes. If you notice any of these changes in your cat, please contact the clinic and we would be more than happy to assess your pet’s mouth.

Are some breeds more susceptible than others?


Dental disease is a very common problem in both young and old cats. To some degree, genetics can play a role in determining which cats are more susceptible than others to dental disease, but the overriding cause of dental problems can be traced to the modern cat’s diet and lack of regular cleaning.

What is feline tooth resorption?


It is a common and painful condition in cats. Also referred to as feline odontoclastic resorptive lesion (FORL) or cervical lesion. The dentin in a single tooth (or several simultaneously) erodes and eventually becomes irreparably destroyed.

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What you need to know about kitten vaccinations

Kittens will get vaccinations at 8 weeks, 12 weeks and 16 weeks, then annually. Overview A vaccine is a substance created to incite an immune response for a particular disease.  It needs to be given multiple times to a kitten to initiate his immune system. 

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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.

Last updated: Tuesday, May 19, 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 613-394-4811. 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 can now see all cases by appointment only.

3. We are still OPEN with the following hours: Monday to Friday 9:00 am – 5:00 pm, Saturday & Sunday: Closed.

4. If you are ordering food or medications, please allow 5-7 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 at 613-394-4811 to pick up your order, but do not enter the clinic. We do have our online store available, which can be accessed from our website by clicking the online store button.

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

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 virus.

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 Hillcrest Animal Hospital