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How to keep a cat's teeth healthy

Published: Feb 10, 2012

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It may not seem of the utmost importance that your cat's teeth be pearly and white, but it is important that they are healthy and strong. Many owners assume their cat will take care of its teeth the same way it takes care of the cleanliness of its coat, but many felines need help from humans to avoid dental disease.

According to VCA Animal Hospitals, the most common cause of dental disease in cats is tartar and calculus accumulation on the teeth. Thousands of bacteria live on the surface of the teeth that forms a layer of plaque. While some is removed by the cat's tongue, food or other movement in its mouth, the rest can build up over time and cause a cat illness called periodontal (gum) disease.  Over time, periodontal disease often results in painful or lost teeth.

In order to keep your cat's teeth clean and healthy, daily tooth brushing is recommended.  According to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, a veterinarian may be able to recommend a certain type of pet food that can also help, but daily tooth brushing together with routine veterinary dental checkups and cleanings are critical for a healthy mouth and to avoid periodontal disease.

Tooth brushing is best started when a cat is young and will easily adapt to the feeling.  Special cat-sized tooth brushes and pastes are available for ease of brushing.  If your cat will absolutely not allow brushing—there are dental wipes or other approved products that can help keep mouth bacteria at bay.  


General Practice

We have over 540 animal hospitals in 41 states that are staffed by more than 2,000 fully qualified, dedicated and compassionate veterinarians, with more than 200 being board-certified specialists. The nationwide VCA family of general practice hospitals give your pet the very best in medical care, providing a full range of general medical and surgical services as well as specialized treatments*: Wellness, Spay/neuter, Advanced diagnostic services (MRI/CT Scan), Internal medicine, Oncology, Ophthalmology, Dermatology, Cardiology, Neurology, Boarding, Grooming

*services may vary by location.

Our family of pet hospitals stands out by delivering the greatest resources in order provide the highest quality care available for your pets. By maintaining the highest standards of pet health care available anywhere, we emphasize prevention as well as healing. We provide continuing education programs to our doctors and staff and promote the open exchange of professional knowledge and expertise. And finally, we have established a consistent program of procedures and techniques, proven to be the most effective in keeping pets healthy.

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Specialty Care

Sometimes sick or injured pets need the care of a veterinary medical specialist. When that happens, VCA specialty hospitals work closely with the general practitioner veterinarians who refer cases to us in order to provide seamless veterinary care to your pet. When your pet is facing any kind of serious illness or injury, our specialty referral hospitals will provide the compassionate and expert care your beloved pet needs.

Our goal is to make sure that when you and your pet are in need that you have access to board certified specialists who are up to date on the very latest developments in their field. In our state of the art hospitals, our specialists also have access to the most sophisticated diagnostic and treatment tools and techniques from ultrasonography and endoscopy to CAT scans and even MRI.

We have twenty-eight specialty hospitals across the US so there may be one near you. Our specialized services include: cardiology, critical care, dentistry, dermatology, internal medicine, neurology, oncology, ophthalmology, radiology and surgery.

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Emergency Care

In case of emergency, please call us immediately. If it is after hours, check with a local animal hospital emergency clinic.