3 Steps for Easy Cat Dental Care
- Practice at home dental care. Kitties can be tricky to work with when it comes to dental care as they tend to be finicky and not usually fond of chew treats. Of course, if you can, and he or she will tolerate it, routine teeth brushing is ideal. If not, try a water additive that helps to break up tarter and bacteria as your cat drinks or a food specifically designed for dental health. You can get the additives or food over the counter at our office. Click here for more information about at home dental care for cats.
- Pay attention to your cat’s mouth. With cats being so independent and having such small mouths, it can be easy to miss the signs. You want to look for discoloration or paleness of the gums, discoloration or buildup on the teeth, and particularly bad breath. Also, note if he or she seems to have difficulty eating as this can be a sign of oral pain. If you notice any of these issues, it is best to bring the cat in for an oral exam. Click here to see examples of cat teeth grades to help you examine your cat at home.
- Schedule regular dental cleanings. Professional dental cleanings are a great method of preventative healthcare- helping your cat to avoid other illnesses that can be severe and costly to treat. If you find that your cat is in great need of a cleaning, make sure to schedule soon. This is the best way to make sure we can help keep their teeth in tact and keep the bacteria from spreading. Click here to learn more about professional dental cleanings.
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