Remember Peanut the hairless cat? He was here to have his teeth done. He is only 1 year old, and has bad gingivitis (swollen gums, as seen in the picture) and some recession of his gums on his back lower teeth. The doctor and technician are not sure yet if he will have to have any teeth extracted. They will not know until they perform an exam, probe his mouth and take x-rays, just like your own dentist/hygienist does to you humans. Only us cats have to go under general anesthesia.
Luckily his owners brought him in early to have his teeth cleaned and examined, to help lessen his chances of periodontal disease and tooth loss. Due to his genetic make up, he is prone to dental disease. His parents are going to have to work hard at keeping his mouth in good shape. Oral disease is the #1 disease of cats over 3 years. Good news it is treatable and preventable. Also us cats don’t have to do the work! The people have to brush our teeth for us. Sometimes a special dental diet can be fed, as well as a gel they can apply to our gums to keep the gingivitis swelling down. Ask one of our technicians, they would love to help you take better care of your ‘cats teeth.
I, Rufus, had my own teeth done, and I have lost many teeth, and I know from experience having my bad teeth extracted; makes you feel so much better. I don’t have this chronic pain in my mouth; my body organs do not work so hard to get rid of all that bacteria that enters my bloodstream.
Keep in mind February is Dental Health month.
A Preventative dental cleaning can go a long way to help our furry friends live a longer healthier life. Also to go along with our 30th anni-FUR-sary celebration we are offering special promotions on our dental cleanings.