Metro Cat clinic is a full service feline veterinary care medical facility. Our dental care program is a central focus in our practice.
A major part of your pet's health is oral and dental hygiene. If your cat is 3 years or older, he already has tartar and plaque build-up on his teeth and probably needs a dental cleaning. Most older cats will have advanced tartar build-up and some degree of gum disease. The problem begins when plaque and tartar are allowed to build up on your pet's teeth. Plaque harbors the bacteria which can infect gum tissue and the root system. This often results in healthy teeth having to be extracted because the root structure has been compromised. A more serious consequence of dental disease occurs when the infection spreads via the bloodstream to other vital organs such as the lungs, heart, and brain.
The first step in improving your cat's oral health is a complete dental exam. If a dental cleaning is recommended for your cat, a doctor will discuss the procedure with you. Since we have yet to figure out how to get most pets to sit in a dental chair with their mouths open, the prodecure will be done under anesthesia. Preliminary blood work prior to the dental is recommended to rule out any underlying health conditions that might compromise the safety of anesthesia. Older pets should have a more comprehensive blood profile run.
Signs of Poor Dental Health:
Loss of appetite
Inflammed gum tissue
Tartar and plaque build-up
Ask us about Oratene!
Oratene contains two enzymes and can be added to your cat's water source. Oratene removes plaque biofilm and kills odor causing bacteria. This additive assists in cleaning your cat's teeth with no brushing necessary.