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Kitty Dental Health Care - by Liz Gordon PDF Print E-mail
Written by Brian Adam   
Saturday, 01 September 2012 10:17

FACTS TO CHEW ON: Periodontal disease can result in serious health problems including heart & kidney disease. It's most common in cats, affecting approximately 70% over the age of 5.  The key to prevention is to control the accumulation of plaque.  Research has shown the reduction of gingival plaque is of greater importance, than the reduction of coronal plaque.

Just like humans, individual cats are genetically predisposed to develop dental disease at a younger age, or experience more severe dental problems. Abyssinian & Somali cats tend to be at greater risk for developing periodontitis.

WHY ORAL HEALTH IS SO IMPORTANT?

Dental health care is a key component of your pet’s health.  Every day you make choices regarding your cat’s diet, level of exercise & overall well-being.  Improved oral care can reduce the discomfort & medical problems that accompany periodontal disease, such as:

  • Foul breath (halitosis)
  • Inflamed/swollen gums
  • Pain associated with eating
  • Drooling, difficulty chewing
  • Anorexia,Loss of weight & muscle mass
  • Inactivity, less interaction with the family

Cats that show few obvious signs, may suffer from periodontal disease.  By ensuring daily dental care & regular check-ups, in consultation with your veterinarian, you are improving the quality of your pet’s life.  GOOD NUTRITION also plays a significant role!  Consider feeding a kibble that includes tartar reducing ingredients to provide double action dental care against the formation of dental plaque & tartar. Compliments of Medi-Cal.

 


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