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Little Mountain Veterinary Clinic

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46793 Yale Rd
Chilliwack, BC V2P2S5
Phone: 604-792-2844
Fax: 604-792-5822

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DayMorningAfternoon
Monday8:00am5:00pm
Tuesday8:00am5:00pm
Wednesday8:00am5:00pm
Thursday8:00am5:00pm
Friday8:00am5:00pm
Saturday8:00am1:00pm
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Periodontal Disease in Dogs and Cats

Most dogs and cats have periodontal disease by 3 years of age. This is a slowly developing disease although some individuals can develop it very fast.

It causes gum recession, loose teeth, gum inflammation, pain, halitosis and in small breed dogs can lead to a broken jaw.

Periodontal disease is caused by bacteria. Plaque which is very hard to see on teeth harbours the bacteria. Bacteria are tiny - you cannot see them with the naked eye. Plaque is also not seen with the naked eye. If you eat a whole bunch of candy, after an hour or so your teeth will feel rough. If you scrape that off your teeth the goo that you scrape off is the plaque and that is loaded with bacteria. After 24 to 48 hours the plaque layer becomes a network (matrix) which is very stable. The only way you can remove plaque for teeth is with the mechanical action of brushing it away. Chemicals such as mouthwashs will not remove it...and treats will miss the areas between the teeth and close to the gum line. It is these missed areas that over time lead to the advancement of periodontal disease.

Over time the number of bacteria builds up and they produce toxins (poisons) that make the body to react with inflammation. It is the inflammation that causes the bone loss seen in periodontal disease. With bone loss there is a loss of the supporting structures around the root of the tooth. This is a slow process in some pets and fast in others. It is also something hidden from your sight. This is why X-rays are so important so that the bone can be examined by your veterinarian.

See Dr Banyard's video on You Tube : Periodontal Disease under the gums

Many people believe that if the crowns of the teeth look white the teeth are healthy. This is not so. For more information please see Non anesthetic Dental Cleaning.

For more information please refer to Healthy Mouth, Healthy Pet: Why Dental Care Matters. Available at Amazon,  AAHA and VIN book stores.

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Office Hours

DayMorningAfternoon
Monday8:00am5:00pm
Tuesday8:00am5:00pm
Wednesday8:00am5:00pm
Thursday8:00am5:00pm
Friday8:00am5:00pm
Saturday8:00am1:00pm
SundayClosedClosed

Doctor's Hours
Monday 9am -12pm 2pm - 4:30pm
Tuesday 9am -12pm 2pm - 4:30pm
Wednesday 9am -12pm Doctor not in
Thursday 9am -12pm 3pm - 4:30pm
Friday 9am -12pm 2pm - 4:30pm
Saturday 9am -12pm Closed

Dr Banyard's Blog

7/6/2017

Surgery to Treat Cancer in the Moth of a Dog: Fred's Story

5/26/2017

Our new videos:

The Tale of Two Dogs with Bad Dental Disease: Part 1 Zoey's Story

The Tale of Two Dogs with Bad Dental Disease: Part 2 Sally's Story

2/9/2017

Weather Alert:‚Äč We are closed today until further notice due to freezing rain and hazardous driving conditions. Be safe and stay off the roads until driving conditions are no longer hazardous. We apologize of any inconvenience to you and your pets.

10/10/2016

In our newest video we tell you what gum recession is and show you a few tips on how to recognize it.

Gum recession - What is it?

New Video on You Tube:

Extraction in a dog with stage 4 periodontal disease: Part 3 Extraction

New Video on You Tube:

Extraction in a dog with stage 4 periodontal disease: Part 2 X-rays 

This video shows x-rays of the upper right and left molar teeth at the back of the mouth in this dog. These teeth are hidden from view so this is very easily missed by pet owners.

7/12/2015

Extraction  in a Dog with stage 4 periodontal disease: Part 1 Oral Exam

This series of 3 short videos shows what the vet sees in the oral exam. Remember that now all the disease is seen. X-rays are needed to see how severe the problem is.

6/14/2015

How often should I take my dog or cat for a teeth clean by the veterinarian?

Do you ever wonder about how often your pet needs to have a professional teeth clean? You are not alone. Here is the answer and reasons why.

5/17/2015

New video on You Tube:

Pointers on brushing teeth in dogs and cats with pet dentist, Jo Banyard: Dentistry for Pet Owners 101

This is for people who need a few ideas on how to best start out brushing their pet's teeth. For further information watch Dr Banyard's other videos on you tube,  'Dentistry for Pet Owners 101' and 'Professional teeth clean in a dog: Parts 1 to 7'.

Emergency Service

24/7 emergency service is very costly to MediCare and no less costly to veterinarians. The following Emergency clinics are best equipped for your pet's emergency needs. For after hour emergency service please call:

1. Animal Emergency Clinic of the Fraser Valley

Hours: Open 24/7

604-514-1711

 #306-6325 204th Street,

Langley, B.C.  Canada V2Y 3B3

or

2. Abbotsford Valley Animal Emergency Clinic

Hours: Monday to Saturday 5pm to 8:00 am, Sunday and weekends 24hours

604-850-0911

C-2388 McCallum Rd, Abbotsford, BC V2S 3P4

 

Meet The Doctor

Meet Dr. Banyard Dr Josephine Banyard graduated from the Western College of Veterinary Medicine, University of Saskatchewan in 1981 and became a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Dentistry in 2013. She and her husband, Dr Reynolds opened Little Mountain Veterinary Clinic 1995. Together they have been practising in the Chilliwack area since 1985. They have two grown sons. Dr Banyard enjoys painting, reading, sewing, family and friends. Read More

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