29 Nov The Importance of Dental Care for Cats
Your cat’s dental health is a major factor in her overall health and well-being—and this is why dental care is extremely important for our feline friends. Based on the statistics, we know that periodontal disease is commonly unidentified and overlooked by pet owners, yet the disease affects 70-85% of cats over the age of two years. Unawareness of the importance of cat dental care can lead to shorter life spans, painful infections, systemic illness, emergency situations, and dental extractions. Our team at Animal Dental Care and Oral Surgery in Loveland would like to fill you in on the importance of dental care for your cat, as well as the signs and symptoms of periodontal disease—so you know what to look for!
Dental Care Prevents Disease
Regular dental care for your cat will benefit her in a variety of ways:
- Keeps plaque and tartar build-up to a minimum,
- Helps prevent heart, liver, and kidney disease
- Prevents bad breath
- Decreases the likelihood of oral infections
The only way to stay on top of your cat’s oral health is to bring her in for regular wellness exams, as the signs of periodontal disease can be difficult to spot. Cats often hide their pain and continue eating normally despite an oral infection. It’s important to know the signs and symptoms, so you can respond immediately and appropriately to your cat’s dental needs.
Signs & Symptoms of Periodontal Disease
Bring your cat in for an exam right away if you notice any of the following signs or symptoms:
- Bad breath
- Inflamed gums
- Tooth discoloration
- Loose or chipped teeth
- Swelling of the face or in mouth
- Disinterest in toys or food
- Excessive drooling
- Vomiting or diarrhea
- Unexplained weight loss
Form a Plan
After the examination, your veterinary dentist will work with you to form a plan for your cat’s optimal dental health. Your veterinary dentist may recommend a customized dental cleaning schedule for your cat’s unique needs. You may be given suggestions and tips for a regular at-home oral care routine.
Contact Us Today!
If you think dental care for cats is no joke, we agree with you! The healthier your cat’s mouth is, the healthier she will be for years to come. Learning to recognize the signs and symptoms of periodontal disease, keeping a close eye on your cat’s oral health, and scheduling regular examinations and cleanings at Animal Dental Care and Oral Surgery of Loveland will go a long way in keeping your cat healthy and happy throughout her entire lifetime.