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The Risk of Missing Teeth

Your pet is missing teeth. No big deal you may think, but that is not entirely true.

Dentigerous Cysts

If your pet is genuinely missing teeth, you are correct, that it is not a big deal at all. The real problem arises when your dog has teeth hiding under the gums but for some reason, they have not cut through the gumline. If this happens, the bone around the offending tooth begins to soften, creating a ‘cave’ for this tooth to float around in. Over time the broken bone begins to spread, creating a larger and larger cave around the tooth. This ‘growing cave’ damages the bone around the teeth nearby, and can potentially cause the jaw to break.

To diagnose this issue, we check your dog’s teeth when he/she is in the hospital for a neuter or spay. At 6 months old all your pet’s adult teeth should be in and all the baby teeth should have fallen out. If teeth are missing, we will recommend a dental radiograph. If a tooth is found to be hiding, we will need to extract it. Removing the unerupted tooth solves the problem.

This condition can occur in any breed of dog, but we see it most often in brachycephalic type dogs such as Bull Dogs, Boxers and Shih Tzu’s.

Written by Darlene Cannon, RVT

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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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Last updated: June 26, 2020

Dear Clients,

With recent changes to restrictions on businesses, we are pleased to advise that effective May 19, 2020 the 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. OPERATING HOURS

We are OPEN with the following hours:

Monday to Friday 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Saturday & 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 Hillcrest Animal Hospital