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Giving My Pets What They Need

After almost losing our family dog to a preventable infection, I realized that we needed to take her veterinary care more seriously. We started taking her in for regular checkups and focusing on vaccinations, and I know that it has made a few differences. Up until that time, our dog had always seemed a little off, but after she started getting the care that she needed, she would run and play like her peers. I want other pet owners to understand the importance of veterinary care, so I made this website. Find out what you need to do to take care of your pet by reading these articles.


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Do You Need To Take Your Cat To The Dentist?

When was the last time your cat had a professional dental cleaning? If it's been several years, or if you're like many pet owners who have never brought your cat in for a dental cleaning, it may be time. Just like humans, cats' teeth and gums need regular care. By having a better understanding of the importance of cat dental care and what to expect from an appointment with a cat dentist, you can be better informed about your cat's oral health.

The Importance of Routine Dental Care

Whether your cat eats dry food, wet food, or a combination of both, food particles can get in between the teeth and cause plaque build-up on the surfaces of the teeth over time. This plaque can eventually harden into tartar, which can be difficult to remove and can make the teeth more prone to decay and other problems. When plaque makes its way under the gum line, this can also lead to painful gum disease, infections, and other health risks (such as an abscessed tooth).

With regular at-home dental care and occasional dental cleanings, you can protect your feline companion from these common oral health issues.

When a Professional Cleaning is Necessary

How do you know when your cat needs a dental cleaning? The best way is to simply bring your cat in for an annual physical exam; any dentist will be able to assess the health of your cat's teeth and gums during the appointment and make recommendations for further treatment. Your vet may also recommend steps you can take at home to protect your cat's dental health as well, such as regular tooth brushing, giving your cat dental treats, or putting a flavorless additive into your cat's water that will help protect against plaque build-up.

What to Expect From a Cat Dentist

If your cat does need a dental cleaning, he or she will need to be put under anesthesia; this is to ensure your cat's comfort and that the dentist is able to do a thorough job. Most cats are able to return home the day after a dental cleaning is performed, though a longer observation period may be needed if tooth extractions are required.

Taking care of your cat's teeth and gums is just as important as caring for any other aspect of your cat's health. If your cat is overdue for a dental cleaning, schedule one with your vet today.