Your Pets Mouth

Dog and tooth brushOverlooking your pet’s dental health?  There may be a price to pay for that —and it’s more than the cost of a dental cleaning.

Your pet’s mouth can be the gateway to more serious health issues: excessive tartar, tooth decay, periodontal disease and even oral abscesses may lead to major medical conditions, i.e. those involving the heart, liver and/or kidneys.

To prevent serious health problems, you should have your pets’ oral and dental health evaluated by your veterinarian regularly. The most effective preventive treatment for dental disease is a professional teeth cleaning. Only with a professional dental cleaning can your veterinarian be able to fully assess your pet’s dental health.  The Steinway Court Veterinarian does this by scaling bacteria and tartar off the tooth surfaces as well as from under the gum line.   At times, dental X-rays and/or performing more advanced procedures will need to be done if indicated.

Some warning signs to check for in between checkups are:

  • Bad breath
  • Tartar build up
  • Swollen or bleeding gums
  • Change in eating habits
  • Fractured or abscessed teeth

Most people brush regularly and take care of their pets teeth because they know dental conditions can be painful and costly. With daily brushing, regular dental exams and a diet that promotes dental health, pet owners can help pave the way to good overall well-being for their pets.

Have we seen your cat lately?

Tabby kittenCats are masters at hiding illness.  If you see any subtle signs of sickness in your cat, it is time for a visit. i.e., inappropriate elimination, changes in food/water consumption, weight gain/loss, changes in grooming habits or vocalization as well as bad breath.  Please do not wait, come on in!

Cats need regular veterinary care, including wellness exams at least once a year. Cats age faster than you do, so an annual exam for them is similar to you visiting your doctor or dentist every four to five years. Prevention is always safer and less expensive than treatment, and why your cat needs to be seen at least once a year by your veterinarian.

The American Association of Feline Practitioners and America Animal Hospital Association recommends a minimum of one annual wellness exam for cats, with more frequent exams for senior and geriatric patients, or those cats with medical or behavioral conditions.

During the health risk assessment, Dr. Glasser will conduct a thorough exam of your cat. Here’s what to expect during the health risk assessment exam:

  • A review of your cat’s previous health records
  • Discuss medications your cat is currently taking, including flea prevention products
  • Note weight and age changes since the last exam
  • Ask about any lifestyle changes in your cat
  • Perform a physical exam including: teeth, mouth, eyes, ears, skin, coat, and paws
  • Ask about any unusual behavior in your cat, such as drinking more water, eating less or more, sleeping less or more,
    or a change in activity level
  • Treat any current condition, such as ear infection or ear mites
  • Recommend dental cleaning, if needed
  • Look for early disease signs and if suspected, recommend further tests
  • Recommend appropriate vaccinations your cat needs to prevent disease

Let us help you keep your cat healthy and live a long, happy life!