506-466-2543
cat-services

Cat Dental Care

Dental care is very important to your cat’s overall health. Tooth decay, gum disease and tartar build up can be treated with annual or bi-annual cleaning and scaling. Dental disease can progress into more serious problems in your cat including heart, kidney and liver disease. Our veterinarians can provide you with a dental care regime that works for you and your cat.

What is involved in a dental cleaning procedure?

A basic dental cleaning procedure involves sedating and placing an endotracheal tube in the cat. Monitoring of all vital signs is done by our surgical technician. X-rays are taken to check root health of the teeth. Then the cleaning and scaling is done with our ultra sonic machine. This can take a while depending on how much tartar has built up on the cat’s teeth. Once the tartar has been removed, the veterinarian will then remove any problematic teeth to ensure the cat is comfortable and doesn’t have problems down the road.

What are signs of dental problems in cats?

Signs your cat could be having dental problems are chewing at one side of the mouth, holding head tilted while chewing. Your cat may also seem interested in food, but not wanting to eat, especially the hard crunchy type or preference of wet soft food. You may see your cat chomping or keeping mouth open more then usual, these could all be signs of dental problems in your cat.

Are some breeds more susceptible than others?

To some degree, breeds of cats such as Maine Coon, Persians and Siamese tend to be at a higher risk of dental disease. But the number one cause for dental problems can be directly traced back to diet. Today’s cats are often offered mush or wet food to eat, this weakens the teeth as they are not being kept strong. The cat is a carnivore and is designed to eat bones and flesh of rodents and birds, which in turn, keeps the teeth strong. Supplementing with a dental care diet and hard crunchy food helps strengthen the teeth.

What is feline tooth resorption?

Tooth resorption, also referred to as cervical line lesions, is the gradual destruction of the tooth. Usually starting starting on the outside of the tooth at the gum line, typically on the lower jaw on a molar or premolar, but can occur anywhere in the mouth. It can appear as though the gums are coming up over the tooth, or even look like there is a hole in the tooth. It is a progressive disease and may result in the need to remove the tooth.

We have been taking our dogs to Mayfield since 1990. We have enjoyed excellent care and advice, patience, and…

Julie Porter

I have been using Mayfield Veterinary Clinic since I got my very first pet on my own, before that I…

Adrienne Archambault

My experience with Mayfield Veterinary officeblast night was heart warming.When one of your fur children are sick and they cant…

Sue Ellen Smith

I have been taking my pets to the Mayfield Veterinary Clinic for many years. The staff is very friendly,…

Francine Mceachreon-breton

My dog, Diesel and I had the BEST service from Mayfield Veterinary Clinic this past week. They were so efficient…

Mary-anne Greenlaw

Blog

Dr. Haines

Increase of Rabies in Charlotte County, N.B

There has been an increase of rabies in St. Stephen, NB over the last 3 years. Watch Dr.Haines  featured on CTV News talking about taking precautions against rabies!

Read More
See All Articles