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Cat Dental Care

Cats can often have problems with their teeth. Tartar, caries, and gingivitis can cause pain and bad breath (halitosis).

What is involved in a dental cleaning procedure?


Dental cleanings are completed under general anesthesia. The pet has a breathing tube in their airway supplying oxygen and anesthetic gas. They are monitored for changes in blood pressure, breathing and heart rate, and IV fluids are supplied. The technician cleans the teeth using a special ultrasonic scaler and then polishes them to remove any nicks or grooves in the enamel. The veterinarian checks all the teeth for mobility, caries, and root exposure. If extractions are necessary, they are performed, and the gum tissue sutured. The kitty is recovered from the anesthetic and goes home later in the day.

What are signs of dental problems in cats?


Signs of dental problems include difficulty chewing, bad breath, drooling, pawing at the mouth, and red or bleeding gums. Some cats have no obvious symptoms at home but may have a mouthful of decaying teeth on the exam.

Are some breeds more susceptible than others?


Abyssinians, Oriental breeds such as Siamese, and Persians seem to be more prone to problems.

What is feline tooth resorption?


Tooth resorption results in the loss of tooth structure. The lesions begin as a loss of tooth enamel and can spread to deeper within the tooth. They appear as small divots, often along the gum line, on the tooth. They are very painful when probed gently. The cause of these resorptions is unknown. Treatment generally involves extraction of the affected tooth.

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Last updated: December 3, 2020

Dear Clients,

With recent changes to restrictions on businesses, we have made some important updates to our operating policies.

1. WE CAN NOW SEE ALL CASES BY APPOINTMENT ONLY

This includes vaccines, wellness exams, blood work, heartworm testing, spays and neuters, dental services, and more!

2. SAFETY MEASURES TO KEEP EVERYONE SAFE

3. ONLINE CONSULTATIONS ARE AVAILABLE

If you wish to connect with a veterinarian via message, phone or video, visit our website and follow the "Online Consultation" link.

4. OPERATING HOURS

We are OPEN with the following hours:

Monday: 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
Tuesday: 12:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Wednesday: 8:00 am - 6:00 pm
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NEW PET OWNERS

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Thank you for your patience and understanding and we look forward to seeing you and your furry family members again!

- Your dedicated team at Eastern Shore Veterinary Hospital