Those Pearly Whites: All About Cat Dental Care

Cat dental care keeps your cat healthy

Cats are living longer now than they did 20 years ago, thanks to indoor living, better nutrition, and improved veterinary and home care. They are also considered to be fiercely independent, and we love that about them, but that may make it easier to overlook their health needs, including dental care.

By the time cats are 4 years of age, 85% of them have some form of dental disease. Not only that, but cats are susceptible to several dental problems specific to felines. So it pays to pay attention to this area, to help keep our cats comfortable and give them a healthier and happier life. Let Animal Kind Veterinary Hospital show you how to provide the best cat dental care for your feline friend.

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Dental Care for Pets

Dental care and dental health are as important for veterinary patients as for their human families. Animal Kind Veterinary Hospital provides comprehensive dental treatment tailored to the needs of each patient. Our licensed veterinary technicians and veterinarians are experienced in the diagnosis and management of oral diseases of cats and dogs.

pet dental disease

A dog with early periodontal disease characterized by tan tartar deposition on the teeth and slight redness of the gum line. This is an indication for dental cleaning.

The American Veterinary Dental College reports that the majority of cats and dogs will begin to develop periodontal disease by the age of three. Periodontal disease is a destructive inflammatory condition affecting both teeth and the surrounding gums.  Because diet and husbandry do not seem to significantly influence this occurrence, early recognition and appropriate treatment are our best tools to prevent progression of this disease and serious problems such as oral pain, tooth loss, and difficulty eating.  Studies in dogs have shown that periodontal disease is associated with microscopic changes in the heart, liver, and kidneys.

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Your Golden Oldie: Caring for a Senior Pet

If you have ever had the pleasure of taking care of a senior pet, you can attest to just how appreciative they are of your love. 

Our senior pets often need a bit more attention and care, and they will love you wholly and unconditionally for it. That is because, many seniors are not given the time and attention as they age, especially when a more demanding younger pet is around. Seniors are often the low-key companion.

The team at Animal Kind Veterinary Hospital are all about senior pet love! We want to spotlight why they make a great new friend and the ins-and-outs of caring for a senior pet.

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Identifying and Understanding Pain in Pets

There’s probably nothing worse than knowing your pet is experiencing pain. Pain in pets may occur after a surgery or a recent injury, such as a fracture. But did you know that many times pets may be in pain without the pet owner knowing? Cats, in particular, are adept at masking pain. Dogs, too, may exhibit their pain in ways that you don’t associate with discomfort, like personality changes or aggression. 

To better understand pain in pets, the team at Animal Kind Veterinary Hospital is here to explore the mechanisms of pain and how to identify the signs.

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