Manny Boys’ ‘post dental story’
Happy February to our Feline Fans!
As you can see from my picture here (am I a handsome guy or what??) I am as healthy as a 13 year old Burmese cat should be! Note my silky coat and my clear eyes!
Just this last March 2013, I was rushed to IVS for an emergency dental. I had a very bad abscessed tooth and could not walk straight. Turns out that bad tooth likely caused a brainstem infection. Post dental my health improved dramatically, but I was not 100%!
A month later I needed an MRI to diagnose a severe infection in my brain. It took me almost 6 months of strong antibiotic therapy to ‘get my balance back’! The next step would have been a serious surgery but I was a lucky cat so today I am jumping great heights, causing lots of trouble as usual, and am ruling the roost at home.
My lesson learned?? DO NOT DELAY when it comes to annual dental exams and dental health care!
We felines hide our aliments and too often become far sicker than we should before we are treated!
Attention Feline parents! PLEASE read all about dental disease in the issue of Feline Fans and TAKE ADVANTAGE of our FREE DENTAL EXAM this February at IVS-
Do your favorite feline the greatest favor you can-assure us a long, healthy and pain free life!
Get our mouth checked out today!!
Cat’s Need Dental Care Too!
Cats have teeth…seems pretty obvious, we know, but often we forget that just like us humans, cats have the same need for dental care as we do.
According to the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA), dental disease is the 2nd most common disease in cats (obesity is the number one).
Just like us humans, cats need regular dental care throughout their lives, to help prevent pain, dental disease, and even more severe health problems.
Regular dental care can help your pet live a longer, healthier, and happier life.
Watch this Great Video of Dr. Oakley and Dr. Snyder Explaining the Importance of Professional Pet Dentistry!
What You Should Know About Feline Dental Health
Natalie Nelson, registered technician here at IVS, answers some frequently asked questions about feline dental health:
- Why is dental care for my cat important?
Good dental health for your cat means good overall health and comfort. Dental disease is painful for your cat, which means they may sleep more, become quieter, and have difficulty eating.
- How old should my cat be when I start bringing them to the vet for dental care?
Cats should have dental exams yearly after they have reached 1-year-old. An exam will help to determine whether or not the cat will need to have a cleaning.
- How often should a cleaning be done?
It all depends on the cat and on their age. That is why we recommend an annual exam – some cats need a cleaning every year, while some cats can go longer.
- What can I do to help improve my cat’s dental health at home?
Brushing your cat’s teeth is the best way to help prevent dental disease. We also recommend Hill’s Prescription Diet T/D cat food, which is clinically proven to reduce plaque, stain, and tartar buildup. And while there are some dental treats that may help, cats tend to swallow their food instead of chew it, which is needed for the treats to be effective.
- How often should I brush my cats teeth?
Daily, when plaque sits on the teeth for more than 48hrs it becomes tartar which is permanent. Teeth brushing will not remove tartar, but will help prevent more build-up.
- What happens if dental disease is left untreated in my cat?
If left untreated, the bacteria build-up in their mouth can lead to generalized infections, which can affect their whole health, and lead to problems such as heart and kidney disease.
Signs That Your Cat May Be In Pain
Cats can hide dental disease really well, because cats are good at hiding their pain. In the wild a cat hides pain or illness in order to not appear weakened to potential predators, a natural instinct all cats, even indoor, still possess.
Because of this, it can be very difficult for a pet owner to realize there is a problem. Cats when in pain may show subtle signs that are difficult to recognize, even more so if they live in a multiple cat household or live outdoors some of the time.
The following is a list of potential signs that your cat may be in pain:
- Less active, sleeping more
- Eating less, weight loss
- Grooming less
- Less playful
- Hiding more, withdrawn, running away when touched
- Flinching or aggression when touched
- Personality changes
- Going outside of the litter box
- Rapid breathing or panting
- Significant decrease or increase in vocalization – if your cat is normally quiet and vocalizes more, or if they are normally talkative and become quiet
- Purring doesn’t always mean your kitty is happy, they may be doing it to comfort themselves
If you think your cat may be exhibiting any of these symptoms, we highly recommend you make an appointment with your Veterinarian to rule out any potential health problems that may be causing your pet pain.
Take Advantage of our FREE DENTAL EXAMS in February!
Has it been awhile since your cat has had a dental exam? Not sure if your feline friend needs a dental cleaning?
Come in during the Month of February and we will conduct a FREE DENTAL EXAM to evaluate your cat’s dental health.
Our Dental Exam Includes:
- Complete oral exam and ‘kissability’ test conducted by an IVS technician
- A goodie bag filled will information, samples, and other goodies for your pet
- Learn steps to prevent dental disease
- Learn ways to make teeth brushing a positive and happy experience
IVS Raises Funds to Support Irvine Animal Care Centers ‘Third Chance Program’
Thank you to all who helped us support the Irvine Animal Care Center ‘Third Chance Program’ in the months of November and December!
For every bath and groom we raised a dollar for the shelter, ending up with a total $1,557!
The Third Chance program at the Irvine Animal Shelter transfers animals from overcrowded Southern California shelters where they may have limited chances for adoption, and brings them to the Irvine Animal Care Center Shelter (IACC) for a chance at finding their forever home.
Click on the Link Below to Read Some Stories of Pet’s Adopted
through the Third Chance Program