Cat Dental Care

Dental care begins at home as kittens – brushing teeth daily, recognizing what is bad breath and gingivitis. You know the saying, prevention is the best medicine!

What is involved in a dental cleaning procedure?

This is a full gas anesthesia procedure. The whole mouth is examined, and diseased teeth and gums are identified. Compromised teeth can be extracted during a procedure, as recommended by the veterinarian.

What are signs of dental problems in cats?

Stinky or fishy breath, red/purple/bleeding gums, stained teeth, change in eating/chewing habits (dropping food, tilting head to eat, dropping kibble on the floor to eat), weight loss. Keep in mind that cats are not good at showing pain, so if they don’t appear to be in pain, they likely still are experiencing pain.

Are some feline breeds more susceptible than others?

As a pattern, Brachiocephalic (smushy-faced) breeds like Himalayans/ Persians and British Shorthairs tend to accumulate tartar differently due to the different mouth conformation. Siamese cats tend to have more gum recession/loss as they get older. All cats can have significant dental disease, even at a young age.

What is feline tooth resorption?

Though the exact cause(s) are unknown, the body attacks the root of the tooth, causing loss of attachment to the tooth. On dental x-ray, the tooth root appears “moth-eaten.” This disease process is thought to be very painful and is very common. We see it more in senior cats, but cats of all ages can develop this disease.


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Last updated: December 11, 2020

Dear Clients,

As Ontario continues its reopening, we are excited to see our community get closer to a sense of normalcy. We applaud the significant effort and sacrifices you and your family have made to help us get this far.


At Manitou Animal Hospital our primary goal is to care for your beloved pets. By extension, this means keeping you as a pet parent healthy as well. Many of you have already recently visited the hospital and have personally experienced the additional safety procedures we have put in place to ensure the well-being of you and your pets using our “closed waiting room” policy.

Our "closed waiting room" policy:

  1. When you arrive in the parking lot, please remain outside the hospital and use your cell phone to call 519-893-1360. We will take a history of your pet's health and discuss any concerns.
  2. A staff member will then meet you outside to bring your pet into the hospital for an examination.
    We ask that you remain in the parking lot and keep your phone turned on.
  3. The Veterinarian will call you once the physical exam is complete to discuss the recommended treatment plan.
  4. We encourage credit card over the phone as the preferred payment method. We can also accept e-transfer.
  5. A staff member will bring your pet and any medications back outside to you.

During the coming months and as long as COVID-19 continues to circulate in our community we at Manitou will continue to offer our services using these enhanced safety procedures, including the curbside and closed waiting room service model. For the health and safety of everyone, we will not be able to have you accompany your pet(s) into the clinic for procedures at this time. We unfortunately would just not be able to meet proper physical distancing requirements and ensure your safety and our team's.

We typically have a significant number of clients [100+] visit our clinic daily whether it be for medication, food or for a visit with the veterinarian or vet technician. Space in the front room and the exam rooms is very small, a well documented factor for increased risk of COVID transmission. If everyone were to come inside our clinic, even with masks on, it would significantly increase the risk of COVID exposure to each client entering the clinic as well as our staff. We are simply not willing to risk the health of you, your family and our staff. We know that with continued effort we will get through this together. We sincerely appreciate your patience and help in working with us during these challenging times.

Until then, we promise to give each and every one of your pets the very best care and a ton of hugs and kisses when they are in for a visit. We always treat them as if they were one of our own and look forward to seeing them!


Your dedicated care team at Manitou Animal Hospital


We are OPEN with the following hours:

Monday to Thursday: 8:00 am - 7:00 pm
Friday: 8:00am - 6:00pm
Saturday: 8:00 am - 12:00 pm (food and medication pickup only)
Sunday: CLOSED