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February is Pet Dental Health Month. This is a very important topic! Dental issues are just as widespread, painful, and dangerous for cats as they are for us. Of course, Fluffy can’t care for her own teeth, and she may try to hide the signs that something is wrong. A local Virginia Beach, VA vet offers some advice on kitty dental care below.
Gum disease is very prevalent in kitties, just as it is with people. Other common issues include abscesses, infections, cracked or broken teeth, and misalignments. Our feline friends are also prone to feline stomatitis and tooth resorption, as well as lesions and oral cancer.
The signs of dental trouble in cats can be quite subtle, especially at first, so you’ll need to keep a close eye out. Bad breath is one of the most common ones. Fluffy may dribble food out of her mouth, and she may lose interest in her favorite catnip mice. You may notice tartar buildup, drooling, swelling, and/or bleeding gums. There are also a few behavioral clues to look for, such as withdrawal, pawing at the face, poor grooming, crankiness, and changes in eating habits, behavior, or vocalizations. Any of these things should warrant a call to the vet, as they can actually be indicative of many different issues.
Fluffy should have her teeth checked at least once a year. You’ll also need to have her choppers checked out if you notice any of the symptoms we’ve listed above. Aside from that, there are also some things you can do at home. Brushing your pet’s teeth is very beneficial, as it can help fight plaque and tartar. Be sure to use a toothpaste and brush made just for kitties. Finger toothbrushes tend to work best for cats. Of course, getting Fluffy on board is going to be the hard part. Start by just incorporating some light gum massages when you are petting your furry friend, and slowly move on from there. If your feline buddy isn’t having it, don’t force the issue. That will just get you scratched! Ask your vet about other options, such as oral rinses or dental flakes. Every little bit helps!
As your Virginia Beach, VA animal clinic, we’re happy to answer and address any questions or concerns you have about your pet’s dental care. Call us anytime!