Routine dental care matters.
Dental care is an essential part of your pet’s overall health. When oral hygiene is neglected, cats can develop dental disease which negatively affects other systems in the body and may lead to tooth loss.
How can I help my pet maintain good oral hygiene?
The best way to make sure your pet’s teeth remain healthy is by having routine annual exams. Whether you have a kitten with a mouth full of baby teeth or an adult cat whose teeth need to be checked for plaque, tartar, or dental disease, having a veterinarian examine them is the first step to making sure they’re in good health.
During your pet’s comprehensive physical, your veterinarian will perform a dental health assessment and make recommendations for preventive care. Sometimes this will mean performing good home preventative care, other times, it will mean scheduling an appointment for a dental cleaning or extraction.
Although we recommend brushing your pet’s teeth daily as part of a good preventive care routine, we understand that it’s not always possible. Luckily, there are other ways to maintain your pet’s oral health when you can’t brush their teeth.
- Have your cat's teeth examined by a veterinarian at least once per year.
- Have your cat's teeth cleaned as recommended by the veterinarian.
- Offer your kitty tartar control treats like Hill's T/D or Greenies.
Signs of Dental Disease
- Bad breath
- Gingivitis (red, inflamed gums)
- Trouble eating or chewing
- Swelling of the face
- Browning or yellowing of the teeth, broken teeth
Treating Dental Disease
Cat Care performs COHAT's on all indicated patients. This is a Comprehensive Oral Health Asessment and Treatment. Every COHAT at Cat Care includes:
- General Anesthesia, IV Catheritization and Supportive Fluids
- Scaling, Polishing, and Charting of the teeth
- Full Mouth Dental Radiographs
- Pain Medication, Antibiotics, and Anti-Nausea Medication
- Extractions or Resections of Diseased Teeth using Nerve Blocks
Learn more about COHAT's here.
Call us at (248) 852-2622 to schedule your pet’s oral health assessment or dental cleaning.