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.

Cat Dental Care

Cat Dental Care

Did you know that over 70% of cats show signs of dental disease by age three? People often don’t notice the poor condition of their cat’s teeth. After all, it can be difficult for pet owners to have a good look in their mouth. Dental disease can lead to the spread of bacteria through the bloodstream, settling in vital organs such as the heart, kidneys and liver and causing serious illness.

During a physical examination, your veterinarian will check the condition of your cat’s teeth and gums. Most cats over the age of three show some signs of dental disease and require a dental cleaning. Regular check-ups and cleaning can help to preserve the state of your cat’s oral health.

What kind of dental care will my cat need over its lifetime?


There are two critical components of your cat’s veterinary dental care: oral examinations and dental hygiene. Veterinary dental care begins at the kitten life stage. AAHA recommends that veterinarians evaluate kittens for problems related to the deciduous (baby) teeth, missing or extra teeth, swellings, and oral development. As your pet ages, we will look for developmental anomalies, the accumulation of plaque and tartar, periodontal disease and oral tumours. Veterinarians can perform a basic oral examination on patients that are awake. However, a short-lasting anesthetic is required in order to provide a complete and thorough examination, full-mouth dental x-rays, as well as dental cleanings.

A Registered Veterinary Technician can provide a demonstration on how to brush your cat’s teeth at home. This service is complimentary with any dental examination or procedure. Dental care patients will also receive a complimentary home care kit.

What are signs of dental problems in cats?


If you see redness of the gums, tartar on the teeth and smell a foul odour, your pet needs your help. One of our veterinarians can perform an evaluation of your pet’s oral cavity and schedule a dental appointment. Symptoms of Dental Disease to Look For At Home:

  • Smelly breath
  • Tartar build-up
  • Red or swollen gums
  • Drooling
  • Chewing only on one side of the mouth
  • Eating only wet food or reduced appetite
  • Staring at the food bowl/hesitates to eat
  • Facial swelling
  • Rubbing or pawing at one side of the face
  • Reluctance to have their face touched

What to expect when your cat undergoes a dental procedure at Annex Animal Hospital?


Pre-anesthetic Exam and Blood Tests: Whenever anesthesia is needed, special considerations are taken to help ensure the safety of your pet. We will thoroughly examine your pet to make sure they are healthy enough to undergo anesthesia. Depending on your cat’s age and general physical condition, we may also run blood, urine, electrocardiograph, and x-ray tests to check for any abnormal conditions in the major organs and body functions. Though there is some risk associated with any medical procedure, modern anesthesia is usually safe, even for older pets.

Anesthesia monitoring: During anesthesia, the monitoring and recording of your pet’s vital signs (such as body temperature, heart rate, blood pressure and respiration, as well as other important factors) are important. This helps ensure the safety of your pet while undergoing anesthesia.

Digital Dental Radiographs: Radiographs (x-rays) of the teeth are needed to completely evaluate your pet’s oral health below the gum line. X-rays aid us greatly in detecting abnormalities that cannot be detected with examination alone. In some cases, x-rays can confirm the need for extraction of teeth that are loose or badly infected.

Scaling & Polishing: We use similar instruments as human dentists to remove plaque and calculus from your pet’s teeth. To smooth out any scratches in the tooth enamel, polishing with a special paste and an enamel sealant so that the build-up of plaque is greatly reduced. This can help strengthen and desensitize teeth, as well as decrease future dental pain and inflammation.

Home Care: We are here to help you in any way we can to maintain your pet’s healthy mouth by coaching you with the right combination of products for you and your pet friend. Contact us today for more information on getting started with an at-home dental care routine for your pet. Remember… pets can live longer, healthier lives if oral health care is managed and maintained throughout their lives. Talk to us about developing a dental care plan for your pet friend.

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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.

The following changes are effective as of Friday, April 3, 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 416-537-3128. We will take a history from outside of your vehicle, and bring your pet into the clinic for an examination with the veterinarian. We will then return to your vehicle with your pet to discuss our recommended treatment plan. If you do not have a cell phone please knock our door to let us know you have arrived and then return to your vehicle.

2. We are continuing to accept appointments for urgent or sick pets, as well as time-sensitive puppy/kitten vaccinations. All other services will be scheduled for a later time.

3. We are still OPEN with the following hours:
Monday to Friday: 9:00 am – 6:00 pm
Saturday: 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

4. If you are ordering food or medications, please allow 3-5 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.

5. For the time being, we are not accepting cash as payment. Credit cards and debit card payments are still available.

6. 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 roles. As such, we have taken 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 Annex Animal Hospital