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Without routine care, most cats develop periodontal (dental) disease by 3 years of age. It is the most common disease seen in cats and there are many ways you can benefit your pet’s oral and overall health. Knowing the signs and taking a proactive approach is the right direction to “Keeping our Feline Friends Kissable.”
Our job as your pet's primary care giver is to help educate you on signs to look for and preventive care. the following are most common signs of dental problems and what happens when the disease progresses.
Signs of Dental Problems
- Bad breath
- Sensitivity around the mouth
- Loss of appetite
- Yellow or brown deposits on the teeth
- Bleeding, inflamed, and withdrawn gums
- Loose or missing teeth
- Pawing at the mouth or face
- Difficulty chewing
Bad breath may be a sign of periodontal disease that could lead to other health problems. Periodontal disease starts when plaque (a bacterial film) coats the tooth. Plaque hardens (calcifies) into tartar, a thick yellow or brown layer on the teeth. Tartar can irritate the gums, creating an environment where bacteria thrive.
As the disease progresses, the gums become tender, red, and swollen and the bacteria continue to multiply. Eventually, the inflamed gums pull away from the teeth, creating pockets that trap more bacteria and food particles. The gums bleed, the roots of the teeth may become exposed, teeth may become loose, and your pet may feel pain when eating. If the bacteria enter the bloodstream, they can create problems for organs such as the heart, lungs, liver, and kidneys.
What is included in my pet’s Professional Dental Cleaning?
We want our feline friends to have the best standard of care possible. Our Comprehensive Oral Health Assessment and Treatment plans include:
- Pre-surgical examination and consultation
- Pre-anesthetic sedative / anti-anxiety
- Ultrasonic Scaling & Polishing using our new high-quality dental machine
- Fluoride treatment
- Antibiotic injection
- IV catheter and fluids to keep them better hydrated, help maintain their blood pressure, help flush out the anesthesia, and allow us immediate access to administer life-saving medications
- Post pain management injection to help with the recovery period
- A veterinary assistant to monitor & record vitals during anesthesia
- Complimentary nail trim
- Complimentary ear exam
In addition to the above we highly recommend all our surgery patients receive:
- Pre-anesthetic bloodwork using our in-house laboratory machines to allow us to see how some of their vital organs are working prior to anesthesia
- Full mouth dental x-rays to better diagnose & treat the periodontal disease
|Before Dental Cleaning||After Dental Cleaning||Signs of Dental Disease|
Age: 7 years
Tartar, gingivitis, tooth resorption, pocket of 4mm
Age: 19 years
#1 Resorptive lesions which exposes pulp
#2 Broken canine tooth with exposed pulp and infection
We recommend your cat having a yearly check-up to help you identify any signs of periodontal disease that may be forming. Call us today to discuss your cat’s dental exam and what preventative steps you can take now at 951-785-5287