Did you know that just like humans, cats can suffer from dental diseases and issues that can affect their overall health and wellbeing?
Dental disease in cats, particularly periodontal disease, is surprisingly common and can lead to significant health issues if left unchecked. The buildup of plaque and tartar can lead to gingivitis and, eventually, periodontitis, which can cause tooth loss, pain, and can even affect a cat’s internal organs if the bacteria enter the bloodstream.
Regular veterinary dental care is paramount to preventing these issues. A professional dental checkup includes a thorough examination of your cat’s mouth and teeth, removal of plaque and tartar, and evaluation for any signs of dental disease. This proactive approach can catch potential problems early, saving your cat from pain and discomfort and saving you from costly treatments down the line.
Following your veterinarian’s advice on home dental care is equally important. Regular brushing of your cat’s teeth with a vet-approved toothpaste, providing dental health diets or treats, and using dental toys designed to clean teeth can significantly reduce the buildup of plaque and tartar. Your veterinarian can recommend the best dental care routine for your cat, tailored to their specific needs and health status.
This Pet Dental Health Month, let’s commit to prioritizing our feline friends’ dental health. By ensuring regular veterinary dental care and establishing a consistent home care routine, we can help our cats lead happier, healthier lives. Remember, a healthy mouth contributes to a healthy cat. So, let’s not overlook dental care in our journey to provide the best for our beloved pets.
Let’s celebrate Pet Dental Health Month by taking action today. Schedule a dental checkup for your cat and ask your veterinarian for advice on establishing a home dental care routine. Together, we can make a difference in the lives of our feline companions.