February is National Pet Dental Health Month

Many pet owners think that it is normal for pets to have bad breath. However, breath odour can be a sign that plaque (bacteria), tartar and possibly painful periodontal disease may be present.

Just like people, dogs and cats need to have their teeth brushed to remove the invisible layer of plaque. In addition to brushing or wiping the outer tooth surface on a daily basis, dental chews are good tools that can help clean the tooth surface.

It is important to have your pet enjoy and accept the oral care routine so be sure to start slow and make it a positive experience. Even with a good oral home care program, many pets benefit from plaque and tartar removal using the same tools that humans use during teeth cleaning procedures.

Dental disease often starts below the gum line where we cannot clean during home care programs.
Our Registered Veterinary Technicians are trained to assess tooth and oral cavity health and safely clean above and below the gum line.

Intraoral radiographs are an important diagnostic tool that helps to assess tooth root health.

Our Veterinarians have all been individually trained to interpret and assess tooth health and perform intraoral procedures to help improve and maintain a healthy and pain-free mouth.

Give us a call and we can share with you the many helpful tips for introducing a home care oral health program. Maintaining a healthy clean mouth is an important component of optimizing overall health and quality of life!

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Temporary Closure of Hollybank and Modified Hours at Avonlea


To Our Valued Clients,

Our top priority is to provide exceptional care to our patients while safeguarding our staff and our community. At this time, we are temporarily closing our Milton location, Hollybank Animal Hospital, and we will be modifying our business hours at our Mississauga location, Avonlea Animal Hospital, where we remain available to see you and your pets for essential veterinary health care services.

This is a precautionary measure and there has been NO KNOWN COVID-19 EXPOSURE. Dr. Rosely has developed a mild fever and we have elected to have the staff which recently worked closely with her to also self-isolate for 14 days as a preventative measure.

Hollybank Animal Hospital will be closed effective this evening, March 31, 2020 at 7:00pm for 14 days. We will reopen April 15th, 2020 at 8:00am. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

Our Mississauga location, Avonlea Animal Hospital, will remain open during this period to continue to service our clients and patients. Our staff will be contacting you to reschedule any appointments or procedures that were scheduled during this period.

Our hours of operation at Avonlea Animal Hospital for the next 14 days will be as follows:

·       Monday: 9a-5p

·       Tuesday: 10a-6p

·       Wednesday: 9a-5p

·       Thursday: 10a-6p

·       Friday: 9a-5p

·       Saturday and Sunday: closed

We trust that you will understand our cautious approach to this matter and we thank you in advance for your cooperation.

Call us at 905-785-6966 if you have questions or need to schedule an appointment.


Don Cocca

Hospital Administrator