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Vet Dentist & Pet Dental Care

Vet Dentist & Pet Dental Care

Did you know dental disease is the most common health problem pets face? You may not realise the importance of pet dental care, but it is key to prevent your beloved pet from developing a dental disease over time.

70% of cats and 80% of dogs will have some level of dental disease by age 2. The key to preventing a vet dentist visit is to control plaque build-up, accumulating particularly at the gum line. If it is not removed properly, the bacteria can cause pain and eventually tooth loss. Most people do not realise that plaque attaches to the tooth surface within 24 hours of cleaning.

Vet Dentists recommend both pet dental care at home and professional cleaning. Pet dental care at home’s primary goal is to reduce the amount of plaque on teeth daily. Brushing your pet’s teeth daily is proven to be the most effective way to mechanically remove plaque. However, owners are often put off due to pets being uncooperative resulting in teeth brushing being difficult. Speak to your local vet dentist if you are having trouble brushing at home – most advice involves starting to get pets used to looking inside their mouths as early as possible. Positive reinforcement, such as rewarding with a toy or small treat after brushing may get them to sit better.

Signs your pet may have dental pain

  • Bad breath
  • Build-up of tartar
  • Eating difficulties/refusing to eat and drink
  • Excessive salivation
  • Facial swelling
  • fatigue
  • Head sensitivity/reluctancy for anyone to touch
  • Loose or broken teeth
  • Lumps or bumps in their mouth
  • Stained or dark teeth
  • Swollen or irritated gums
  • Weight loss

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Cat Vaccination

If you own a cat, part of that responsibility is making sure your cat has regular vaccinations.

Regular vaccinations are a must and should be given to all cats to protect them against feline conditions.

Some of the diseases that a cat vaccination will protect against are:

Rabies

Feline Viral Rhinotracheitis

Panleukopenia

Calicivirus

Feline herpesvirus type 1

 

All the above can be serious to cats and sometimes even fatal. So, you must keep your cat vaccinations up to date, most are yearly, some only every 3 years depending on each vaccine and how long it lasts but your vet will be able to advise you on this.

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Cost-wise a cat vaccination should not be too expensive but obviously, each vaccination and vet will differ. Some vets offer yearly packages that will cover any vaccinations or tablets that are required within that year. It is worth phoning around and getting ideas of costs before you buy a kitten or cat to make sure you can afford the costs.

 

Even if your cat is an indoor cat, it is still a good idea to get your cat vaccinated, your cat could escape or get out and if it is not protected the results could be fatal because of the seriousness of the feline diseases.

 

There are sometimes side effects for your cat once they have had their vaccine, but these are not usually serious. They may experience things such as vomiting, diarrhoea, loss of appetite, or lethargy… none of these should be any cause for concern but obviously, we recommend you keeping your eye on your cat to make sure that any of those symptoms do not continue for a long period of time.

 

We recommend always getting your vet’s advice on what vaccinations to have and when to have them.

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