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.
Dental disease is very common in our cats. At home, you can watch for signs like bad breath, discoloured teeth, red gums or changes in chewing. Cats often get erosions in their enamel similar to cavities in people. These can be very painful. At each yearly check-up, the Full Circle Veterinarian will examine your cat’s teeth looking for subtle signs of dental disease and help you initiate preventative dental care.
Full Circle offers oral health exams with a general examination and provides advice on dental care. In co-operation with PetWorks Animal Hospital, we also offer full dental cleanings, dental radiographs, and dental extractions where needed.
What natural dental products do you carry for cats?
At Full Circle Vets, we advocate the use of Healthy Mouth TM as a water additive or toothpaste to reduce tartar build up. This product contains natural ingredients like pomegranate, Yucca extract, Clove extract etc. which naturally break down soft plaque before it forms to tartar. The herb and vitamin combinations are also antibacterial. Healthy Mouth TM comes in a convenient gel for cats which is quick, easy to apply and very effective in reducing tartar deposits.
How often should I brush or apply Healthy Mouth TM gel to my cat’s mouth?
Brushing teeth physically disturbs the biofilm that forms on the teeth, allowing saliva and water to wash it away before hardening to calculus. It takes about 72 hours to form calculus so daily or every other day brushing is best. Healthy Mouth TM toothpaste carries a VOHC (Veterinary Oral Health Council) seal of acceptance for plaque control and reduced periodontal disease. The feline gel is best applied daily.
What does the VOHC seal on dental products mean?
The “Veterinary Oral Health Council exists to recognize products that meet pre-set standards of plaque and calculus (tartar) retardation in dogs and cats. Products are awarded the VOHC Seal of Acceptance following review of data from trials conducted according to VOHC protocols…Regular use of products carrying the VOHC Seal will reduce the severity of periodontal disease in pets.”
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.
The following changes are effective as of Monday, March 23, 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 902.461.0951. We will take a history of your pet over the phone, and bring your pet into the clinic for an examination with the veterinarian. Once the examination is finished, we will call to discuss our recommended treatment plan over the phone and then return to your vehicle with your pet. Please ensure your pet has a properly fitted collar or is in a secure carrier. Please remove any additional clothing or blankets prior to our staff handling our patients to minimize risk to our team.
2. We are still OPEN but are now working in two shifts with reduced hours, reduced staff numbers and a need to close for extensive cleaning between shifts. Tuesday to Friday 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
3. If you are ordering food or medications, please allow 2-4 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 to pick up your order, but do not enter the hospital. Our staff will bring your order to your car and take payment over the phone. You can also use our online store and have your food delivered directly to your home. To sign up for the online store, visit our website.
4. For the time being, we are not accepting cash as payment. Credit cards and debit card payments are still available.
Following the recommendations of our government and medical experts, we are doing our best to practice social distancing within the constraints of our roles. As such, we have taken measures to avoid both contracting and facilitating the spread of this virus. You may see our team members wearing additional protective gear when interacting with our clients and patients.
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 Full Circle Veterinary Alternatives Inc.