Dental disease in cats is very common. Without adequate dental hygiene cat’s teeth will develop dental plaque, formed from bacteria. If left, plaque can form tartar. The acid created by the bacteria in plaque severely damages the surface of the teeth and irritates the gums; leading to inflammation of the gums and damage to the tissues around the teeth, and, potentially, tooth loss.
Signs of dental disease can include:
- Bad breath
- Red or bleeding gums
- Difficulty eating or reduced appetite
- Weight loss
- Pawing or rubbing at the face
Looking after your cat’s teeth is just as important as looking after your own. It is an important part of maintaining their overall health. Dental issues often go unrecognised but the pain they cause may have serious affects to your cat’s behaviour and general health.
Like most things, prevention of dental disease is much better than cure. Brushing should be introduced as young as possible. At Wellpets, we can provide special toothbrushes exclusively for cats, and meat or poultry flavoured toothpaste! You can make an appointment for a dental check with one of our nurses or vets who can demonstrate how to brush your cat’s teeth, advise you on the best products and provide you with the correct diet to help maintain good dental health.
Additionally, we are fully equipped for any dental problem your cat may be suffering with. Our operating theatres contain compressed air dental machinery and manual dental equipment to enable efficient cleaning and removal of any damaged teeth.