As with anyone, dental hygiene is important. However, it’s something we must not forget when caring for our cats. Unlike us, cats don’t have a toothbrush to wield and toothpaste to clean, so if you don’t stay on top of this task they could be at risk. Today, we’ll go over the potential harm that could occur, and the steps you can take to prevent any negative consequences.
The Potential Harm
Disease. It is painful and it is a real threat. Many times, we assume a cat will have bad breath because of all the tuna being eaten. However, this is not entirely true. If your cat has extremely foul breath, it could be a sign that the dental hygiene is lacking. To go even further, it could be a signal that a disease may be prevalent. And if a disease is truly there, it doesn’t just stay in the mouth. There is a chance of it spreading throughout the body, and even leading to other diseases, which is an outcome nobody likes to see.
The Plan For Prevention
When the potential risks involved can be traumatic, it is smart to have a plan in place so nothing negative results. The following tips can act as a strategy to help you keep your feline friend in great health.
The Annual Physical Exam
Don’t forget about this. Though sometimes we may feel it can be a thing, sadly, cats cannot send us telepathic messages on how they are feeling (though some may disagree with that!). So, it’s important to make sure they receive the annual checkup. Your veterinarian can assess your cat’s oral health and make recommendations for prevention or treatment of dental disease.
Learn The Technique
While we encourage you to come in for help if your cat needs dental assistance, there are ways to combat this at home. The best course of action would be to consult your vet on how the brushing differs from the way people brush, and what routine would be most efficient for your cat.
The best thing you can do is to make sure you’re being proactive about your cat’s health. The last thing you want is to be in a reactive situation where things are not in your favor. One simple form of proactivity you can use is employing a healthy diet. With a balanced, healthy diet, you’ll be mitigating any potential risks.
IF YOU READ THIS AND THINK YOUR CAT NEEDS MEDICAL ATTENTION, CALL CATONSVILLE CAT CLINIC TODAY!
For 20 years, the Catonsville Cat Clinic has been providing quality veterinary care to the cats of Catonsville and beyond! Dr. Pam Nesbitt, who purchased the practice in July of 2011, runs the Catonsville Cat Clinic with compassion in mind. A team of professionals with an advanced level of veterinary medicine is at your service to make sure your cat is healthy and happy. So stop on by; we’d love to get to know you and your cat!
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