Cat Dentistry Services in Philadelphia
Our Vets Are Dedicated to Your Cat’s Well Being
You probably know that it’s important for you to go to the dentist regularly, but did you know that your cat should see one as well? At The Cat Doctor, we are dedicated to your cat’s total health and well-being and offer dentistry services in Philadelphia. Unfortunately, it can be difficult to tell if a cat is experiencing oral discomfort, so it’s important to establish a routine check-up schedule to catch any potential issues. Untreated, something like periodontal disease can lead to abscess formation, bone infection, and tooth loss.
Dental disease is one of the most common problems that we see in cats. It can lead to:
- Bad breath
- Swollen and bleeding gums
- Loose teeth
- Oral pain
- Difficulty eating
Oral bacteria can enter the bloodstream through diseased oral tissues, affecting other organs as well, such as the heart valves and kidneys. Our doctors perform a dental exam whenever your cat comes to see us and will make the appropriate recommendations for you and your cat based on their needs.
What Our Dental Services Entail
A thorough feline dental cleaning requires that your cat be anesthetized. Our veterinarians perform pre-anesthetic blood tests to make certain that all body organs are functioning properly prior to anesthesia. The Cat Doctor is proud to be one of the few small practices in the area with dental radiography. With our digital imaging system, we are able perform full-mouth x-rays within minutes.
These radiographs help us document the progression of your cat’s dental disease over the years, determine if teeth require extraction, and allow the doctors to be certain they do not leave root fragments at extraction sites. Your cat’s vital signs are monitored throughout the entire procedure while dental prophylaxis, radiographs, and extractions, if necessary, are performed.
Your cat also receives pain medication prior to the procedure, and antibiotics, an anti-inflammatory, and additional pain medication after the procedure if indicated. A trained veterinary technician will stay with and monitor your cat during recovery.
Benefits of Routine Cat Dental Cleaning
Routine cat dental cleaning offers several benefits for your feline companion:
Prevention of dental disease: Regular dental cleanings help prevent dental issues such as periodontal disease, gingivitis, and tooth decay. Dental disease can cause pain, discomfort, and can lead to more severe health problems if left untreated.
Fresh breath: Dental cleanings help eliminate the buildup of plaque and tartar, which are major contributors to bad breath in cats. By removing these deposits, your cat's breath will be fresher and more pleasant.
Improved overall health: Dental disease not only affects the mouth but can also have a negative impact on your cat's overall health. Bacteria from dental infections can enter the bloodstream and potentially affect organs such as the heart, liver, and kidneys. Regular cleanings reduce the risk of these complications and promote better overall health.
Pain relief: Cats with dental disease may experience pain and discomfort, especially when eating. By maintaining good oral hygiene through routine dental cleanings, you can help alleviate any pain your cat may be experiencing and improve their quality of life.
Preservation of teeth: Advanced dental disease can lead to tooth loss in cats. Regular cleanings help maintain the health of your cat's teeth and gums, reducing the likelihood of tooth extraction or other invasive procedures.
Early detection of oral problems: During a dental cleaning, a veterinarian can thoroughly examine your cat's mouth, teeth, and gums. This allows for early detection of any abnormalities, such as broken teeth, oral tumors, or other dental issues. Catching these problems early can lead to more successful treatment outcomes.
Extended lifespan: Dental health is closely linked to overall well-being. By keeping your cat's teeth clean and their mouth healthy, you can contribute to their longevity and ensure they live a happier, more comfortable life.
Remember to consult with our Philadelphia veterinarian to determine the appropriate frequency of dental cleanings for your cat based on their specific needs. We can also provide guidance on at-home dental care techniques to supplement professional cleanings, such as brushing your cat's teeth and providing dental-friendly treats or toys.
Trust Our Qualified Team
The team at The Cat Doctor is backed by over 30 years of experience caring for pets. We treat all our patients exactly as we would want our own cats to be treated. We are AAHA-Accredited and a certified Cat-Friendly Practice.
Providing proper dental care for your cat can protect them from pain and serious illness. Your cat will have fresh breath, be more comfortable eating, and enjoy their meals more. They will have the opportunity to enjoy better health and live a long and happy life.