Identifying Periodontal Disease in Your Pet
Have you every wondered why your dog or cat may have bad breath or noticed their teeth aren’t the pearly white color they once were?
Just like how we worry about our oral health, it is also as important to worry about a pet's oral health. If you could imagine what would happen to a human's mouth after months or years with out brushing, it is similar to what is happening in your pet's mouth. A pet's tooth gets bathed with saliva and covered with plaque and bacteria. With no regular disinfection of the mouth and brushing away the plaque, the plague leads to tartar build up. Tartar build allows your pet teeth to be a great place for particular bacteria to live that are harmful to the bone and gum tissues. This process leads to periodontal disease.
Have We Seen Your Cat Lately?
There are 82 million pet cats in the United States, compared with 72 million dogs, making cats the most popular pet. Yet studies show the number of feline veterinary visits is declining steadily each year. Armadale Animal Hospital wants to see your cat more often!
Sometimes it’s difficult to identify when your cat’s not feeling well. Cats are often “silent sufferers” who don’t show signs of illness until the disease is quite advanced. Yearly examinations for adult cats and twice yearly examinations for senior cats are important for early diagnosis of health problems. Remember, one year in the life of a human approximates 7 years in the life of a cat. Your cat is aging more rapidly than you think.
Here are some signs of illness in cats which can often be subtle but significant:
- Inappropriate urination or defecation
- Changes in social interaction
- Changes in activity
- Changes in sleeping habits
- Changes in food and water consumption
- Unexplained weight loss or gain
- Changes in grooming
- Bad breath
Armadale Animal Hospital encourages all cat owners to schedule a wellness examination so that we can address your cat’s disease risk and prevention.
Cat Wellness Special Offer
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Additional Information for Cat Owners
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- Understanding Preventive Medicine for Pets
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- The Importance of Senior Wellness Exams for Aging Pets
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