Animals, especially cats and dogs need dental care just like humans. In fact, 50% of cats over the age of three are likely to have some form of periodontal disease. It’s a serious issue that impacts the cat’s overall wellbeing, but it’s something cat owners can stay on top of from brushing their cat’s teeth, to taking their cat in for regular dental check-ups.
Dr. Jen Klabunde with Northwood Animal Hospital in Grand Traverse County says it’s most definitely a feline issue and something tigers and lions even suffer from in the wild. For that reason, people need to be aware of this and stay on top of it. Otherwise, when teeth issues result from decay and plaque buildup, lesions can form on their gums and that’s what usually causes extreme pain and loss of appetite in cats.
“At this point, the only way to take care of it is to clean your pet’s teeth. Brush your cat’s teeth. Get them in for a yearly check-up so the vet can decide if these lesions are there, but then if they are, we need to remove the tooth,” says Dr. Klabunde.
For more information about feline dental disease check out there interview posted above.
For a link to Northwood Animal Hospital click here.
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