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, and difficulty eating and it can be difficult to tell if a cat is experiencing oral discomfort. Untreated, periodontal disease can lead to abscess formation, bone infection, and tooth loss. 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.
A thorough feline dental cleaning requires that your cat be anesthetized. We perform preanesthetic blood tests to make certain that all body organs are functioning properly before 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 to have full-mouth x-rays within minutes. These radiographs help us document the progression of your pet’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, if necessary, extractions 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.
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.