Comprehensive Cat Dental Care, Including Cat Dental Exams and Teeth Cleaning
Dental care is a little recognized, yet necessary part of caring for your cat. By the age of three, 70 percent of all cats show signs of dental disease, which can lead to the more serious problems of heart, lung, and kidney disease.
Cat Periodontal Disease Can Be Prevented and Treated
No other procedure performed on small animals does more to help patients than periodic teeth cleaning and aftercare. As plaque and tartar form on teeth and under gums, bacteria collect and multiply.
This creates a state of poor dental hygiene that causes foul mouth odor and is cause for concern. Eventually gum disease will develop.
More serious health problems, such as heart and kidney disease, may follow. Proper nutrition is central to sound oral health. Along with good nutrition, an annual dental prophylaxis (ultrasonic cleaning, polishing, and fluoride treatment) included in your pet’s regular health care program will help maintain good oral hygiene and prevent complications.
For the comfort of your pet, this procedure requires anaesthesia and, for your pet’s safety, a pre-anaesthetic blood test is advised. One month of the year is Dental Health Month, where we are offering complimentary dental exams.
Pre-dental – Actions to take Before Teeth Cleaning
Our veterinarians will normally discuss your cat’s dental health as required or as requested. It is always a good idea to perform pre-anaesthetic blood testing (highly recommended for geriatric patients) before a dental cleaning in order to assess the vital organs of the body with regards to the anaesthetic risk.
We will then schedule an appointment for your cat’s dental cleaning. You will also be informed regarding keeping your cat off-food before the procedure.
Typically, dental procedures are treated as “day procedures” and your loved one is at home by evening, the same day.
We provide complete dental scaling, polishing, and fluoride treatment.
Sometimes dental extractions may be required to prevent further complications of dental disease. Extractions are required more commonly in older patients, but it is also related to the general oral health regardless of the age.
Commonly an extraction will be accompanied by short-term pain management for the comfort of your cat and to avoid it going off-food.
Post-dental Care Tips and Instructions
Our staff will give you all the required post dental care instructions as well as let you know about the diet recommended by your veterinarian.
It is always advised to feed your pet some soft food for the first 1-2 days after a dental cleaning, and then continue a dental tartar control diet.
A short course with a safe antibiotic will typically be needed after most dental procedures and the medication will be dispensed at the time of “patient discharge” from the hospital.
You are always welcome to contact us with questions at any time.