Dental care

Concerned about your cat's dental care? Our guide gives advice on your cat's teeth and oral health.

Keeping control of your cat's dental care

Cats commonly suffer with disorders of the teeth, jaw and mouth. As cats are good at hiding signs of pain, you might not notice if they are experiencing discomfort.

Keeping an eye on your cat's oral health is important and is likely to extend and improve the quality of their life.

Symptoms and problems

Although your vet will examine your cat's mouth at their annual check-up, you'll need to keep an eye on your pet for any unusual symptoms that might indicate an issue.

Symptoms include reduced grooming activity, bad breath, drooling, discomfort when eating and bleeding gums. You might also notice your cat pawing at it's mouth as well as a reduced appetite.

Visit your vet if you're concerned, as they'll be able to advise you further.

Diagnosis and treatment

When taking your cat to the vet, they're likely to look for inflammation of the gums, ulceration, erosion of the teeth, tartar build-up and any signs of underlying disease.

The treatment will be undertaken by your vet and will depend on the underlying issue. It is likely that your cat will need to have a general anaesthetic so work can be carried out. They'll also advise you on home care, such as tooth brushing, dietary management and dental exercise.

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