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Cat Dental Care

Did you know that by the age of 3, most cats have some level of dental disease? Did you also know that dental disease is preventable with a good oral health care program, much of which consists of things you can do at home? It’s true, and yet, dental disease is the most common disease facing our pets today.

Dental disease means more than just bad breath and an unsightly smile. Left untreated, dental or periodontal disease can also lead to organ damage when bacteria gain entry into the bloodstream.

Avon Animal Hospital cares about your cat’s oral health. We are happy to provide complete oral health assessments and treatments including exams, dental radiographs, scaling and polishing (aka dental cleanings), dental extractions and a wide array of home care options such as dental diets.

How often should I brush my cat’s teeth?

Daily brushing is the gold standard. Although cats are not small dogs, they too can be agreeable to having their teeth brushed if you start young, go slow and make it rewarding! It is widely recognized that despite best efforts, cats can be more challenging than dogs when it comes to oral health care. For this reason, there are many options to help support good oral health. Oral rinses and gels, water additives, treats and dental diets are all designed to supplement daily brushing. That way, even if you can only brush your kitty’s teeth every other day, you can still keep their pearly whites, pearly white! The sooner you start, the better, so be sure to pick up that brush and paste at your first kitten visit!

Why is oral and dental health important?

Dental health is essential in the prevention of oral disease, which can affect the quality of your pet’s life, cause pain and suffering and contribute to organ failure and other diseases.

What is involved in a dental cleaning procedure?

A dental cleaning or the Complete Oral Health Assessment and Treatment (COHAT) involves a general anesthetic, even for the most obliging cats. During your cat’s dental cleaning, we will perform a full oral exam. It involves a good look at all surfaces of the teeth, gum health and occlusion (how the teeth line up). Any noted abnormalities are recorded on a dental chart. Next, we assess the health of the teeth below the gumline, which requires dental x-rays. The mouths and teeth of many pets may appear reasonably healthy. However, diseases may be lurking below the gumline. A dental x-ray is necessary to discover this and ensure that your cat gets the treatment they need.

What are the signs of dental problems in cats?

It is important to understand that many cats are very skilled at hiding illness and will not show outward signs of dental diseases – just one more reason to ensure your cat receives their annual physical exam! Some signs to watch for are bad breath, excessive drooling, reduced appetite, dropping food when trying to eat, face rubbing or loose teeth.

Are some feline breeds more susceptible than others?

Breeds with smaller mouths (where the teeth are tightly situated), such as Persians, Exotic Shorthairs and Scottish Folds, are more susceptible to dental disease as the bacteria that leads to the development of the disease is more easily lodged between teeth and collects at a faster rate.

What is feline tooth resorption?

Humans and dogs get cavities, but cats do not. Cats do, however, suffer from tooth resorption. These very painful holes in a cat’s teeth were once called “neck lesions”. Tooth resorption/resorptive lesions are often visible at or above the surface of the gums. However, it can affect the canine teeth (the “fangs”) when it occurs at or below the gum line (where we can not see). Due to the very painful nature of this condition, it is important to speak with your veterinarian to determine the best course of action for your kitty.


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COVID-19: Additional measures we are taking

Dear Clients,

Due to the close contact that our work requires, we have taken additional measures to protect you and our team while providing care for your furry family members.

The following changes are effective as of Wednesday, March 18, 2020:

1. We are currently operating a “closed reception area” policy to protect our clients and staff. When you arrive, please remain in your vehicle and use your cell phone to please call the number posted on our windows. We will take a history from outside of your vehicle, and bring your pet into the clinic for an examination with the veterinarian. We will then return to your vehicle with your pet to discuss our recommended treatment plan. If you do not have a cell phone please knock our door to let us know you have arrived and then return to your vehicle.

2. We are continuing to accept appointments for urgent or sick pets and equine, as well as time-sensitive vaccinations. All other services will be scheduled for a later time.

3. We are still OPEN with the following hours: Monday to Friday: 8:00 am - 7:30 pm. Saturday: 8:00 am - 3:00 pm and Sunday: CLOSED

4. If you are ordering food or medications, please allow 3-5 business days as our suppliers are dealing with increased demand and are trying to fill orders as quickly as possible. We will advise you as soon as your order arrives. Please call us when you arrive to pick up your order, but do not enter the hospital. Our staff will bring your order to your car and take payment over the phone. You can also use our online store and have your food delivered directly to your home. To sign up for the online store, visit our website.

5. For the time being, we are not accepting cash as payment. Credit cards and debit card payments are still available.

Following the recommendations of our government and medical experts, we are doing our best to practice social distancing within the constraints of our roles. As such, we have taken measures to avoid both contracting and facilitating the spread of this virus.

Thank you for helping us be diligent for everyone's safety. As we have heard from all levels of government, the situation is fluid and any updates will be provided as changes occur.

- Your dedicated team at Avon Animal Hospital