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Dental Disease in Cats

Cats can suffer from a dental disease, as well which may present as gingivitis, periodontal disease, or tooth resorption. Statistically, more than half of all cats over the age of three years have some degree of dental disease. Unfortunately, our feline friends do cannot tell us they have dental disease and mask clinical signs of pain very well. As an owner, you may monitor for excess drooling, pawing at the mouth, dropping food more frequently when eating, head shaking, as well as “finicky appetites.”

Most commonly, cats suffer from the accumulation of calculus and tartar accumulation on the teeth which is a nesting ground for bacteria. This, in turn, causes inflammation of the gums otherwise known as gingivitis. The leading cause of resorptive lesions in cats is currently unknown. If left untreated, a dental disease may further develop into osteomyelitis which can spread to the bloodstream.

Gingivitis, however, may not be directly related to tartar accumulation. Some gets get an allergic response to their plaque which causes generalized inflammation referred to as stomatitis. This may appear as a thin red line along the gums. The only treatment is an extraction of affected teeth; while 60% of cats are cured in this way, 20% may have lifelong complications and will require additional care to control the disease.

Controlling dental disease for your cat will consist of brushing teeth daily, wiping teeth with gauze or cotton swab to remove plaque before it hardens, and a water additive to help bacterial control production. If you notice any signs of dental disease in your cat it is recommended to bring them to your veterinarian for an exam and if needed have a prophylactic dental done, to examine, prophy, polish and radiograph teeth as needed.

References: 2017 Lifelearn Inc. “Dental Disease in Cats.”

Written by Briarwood Animal Hospital

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Dear Clients,

With recent changes to restrictions on businesses, we are pleased to advise that effective May 15, 2020 some restrictions on veterinary practices have been lifted. Based on these changes, below are some important updates to our operating policies.

1. WE CAN NOW SEE ALL CASES BY APPOINTMENT ONLY

This includes vaccines, wellness exams, blood work, heartworm testing, spays and neuters, dental services, and more!

2. SAFETY MEASURES TO KEEP EVERYONE SAFE

3. ONLINE CONSULTATIONS ARE AVAILABLE

If you wish to connect with a veterinarian via message, phone or video, visit our website and follow the "Online Consultation" link.

4. NEW PET OWNERS

Have you welcomed a new furry family member to your home? We’d love to meet them! Visit our Must Know New Pet Owner Information page for useful resources and helpful recommendations for new pet owners.

5. OPERATING HOURS

We are OPEN with the following hours:

- Monday to Friday: 8:00 am - 6:00 pm
- Saturday: 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
- Sunday: CLOSED

Thank you for your patience and understanding and we look forward to seeing you and your furry family members again!

- Your dedicated team at Briarwood Animal Hospital