When was the last time you took your cat for a dental cleaning? Hopefully it’s been within the last year but if not, it’s time to schedule an appointment with your vet to inspect your cat’s teeth as part of the recommended annual check up.
National Take Your Cat to the Vet Week is August 16-22, 2010 and vets across the country are joining in to help raise awareness about the importance of annual visits for cats.
According to a survey conducted by Feline Pine All-Natural Cat Litter, the sponsors of the weeklong event, less than 50 percent of cat parents take their cat to the vet annually.
That’s unfortunate! Annual check ups can pinpoint issues that might otherwise be overlooked by a pet parent. When caught early enough, many diseases and illnesses, including dental problems, can be treated without ongoing pain and discomfort to your cat or extraordinary expense to you.
Dental disease is a major, mostly preventable, health issue for cats. Often cat parents are not aware of dental problems until their cat seems to be in pain when eating. In fact cats can mask severe pain, allowing dental disease to advance with no outward indication. However, regular cleanings and good home care can keep issues at bay.
Common dental problems with cats include: Peridontal Disease, Feline Stomatitis, Feline Odontoclastic Oral Resorption Lesions (FORL), and Malocclusion. Many of these conditions are painful to your kitty and bacteria can spread through their bloodstream and affect your cat’s overall health and wellbeing. In other words, healthy teeth help keep your cat healthy.
So don’t hesitate to schedule an annual appointment for your cat today. You’ll be glad you did!
This article was written by Dr. Judy Karnia, who is a cat veterinarian at Scottsdale Cat Clinic. Visit her at: www.ScottsdaleCatClinic.com.
National Take Your Cat to the Vet Week is August 16-22, 2010. Sign up for an email reminder to schedule your cat’s annual appointment: http://www.felinepine.com/national-vet-week/