What Cat Owners Need to Know About Feline Dental Health

Many cat owners probably aren’t aware that oral care is the number one health issue facing cats today. Up to 85% of all cats will show signs of periodontal disease by the time they reach age 3. Without proper home and professional dental care, the condition of their teeth will worsen steadily over time. Pain, tooth loss, and a shortened lifespan can result from untreated dental disease.

At Carriage Hills Animal Hospital, we’re passionate about feline dental health. We know that good dental care for cats begins with giving owners the tools and information they need to get started off on the right paw!


What to Expect Before, During, and After a Pet Dental Cleaning

The majority of pets develop some form of dental disease by the time they reach the age of 3, so it’s no surprise this is one of the most common conditions seen by veterinarians. Besides causing pain and discomfort, untreated dental disease can lead to tooth loss, difficulty eating, behavioral changes, and even systemic infection, which could impact the kidneys, heart, and other major organs.

Besides good at-home care (i.e. daily tooth brushing), many pets need regular professional cleanings and examinations. Many pet owners are nervous when it comes to scheduling a dental treatment for their pet, but we want to reassure you that pet dental cleanings are a safe and healthy approach to supporting your pet’s oral health.  


The Next Level in Cat Dental Care

Our kitties seem so good at taking care of themselves, don’t they? Their independence is one of the many traits that makes them so endearing. But, of course, they need our care and attention to thrive. One place we may not always think to check when it comes to cat care is the mouth. After all, who wants to look in there with those enormous fangs?

However, cat dental care is crucial to prevent dental disease. By the time they reach age three, 85% of cats have some form of periodontal disease. Fortunately, this common problem is preventable.


Pet Dental Care: Healthy Smiles for a Healthy New Year

Strong teeth, dog dental hygieneVery few of us would ever question the necessity of dental care. From tooth brushing to visits to the dentist, we know how essential oral health is to overall health. The same is true for our animal companions.

Pet dental care is an area of health often overlooked in our canine and feline friends. This is why more than two-thirds of all household cats and dogs have some form of dental disease by the age of 2-3.

The beginning of a new year is a great time to begin healthier habits – and dental care is a good place to start!


The Dental Blog: Why Pet Dental Care Matters

CHAH_iStock_000029947274_LargeMost of us can probably remember a time in the not so distant past where pet dental care was never or rarely mentioned. Why the push today to take care of your pet’s teeth? We’ve learned in recent years that an estimated 95% of cats and dogs will need treatment for dental disease at some point during their lives, and that dental care has a significant effect on your pet’s overall health and longevity.

February marks the official start of National Pet Dental Health Month, and here at CHAH we believe there’s no time like the present to learn about and make a commitment to providing our pets with regular preventative dental care. Continue…

Caring for a Pet: Tips for the Responsible Pet Owner

CHAH_iStock_000010652668_LargeWhen we think about being a responsible pet owner, what comes to mind? We may associate qualities such as loving, devoted, and attentive with caring for a pet. Providing food and fresh water, daily exercise, and veterinary care are also a likely part of your definition.

For National Responsible Pet Owner Month (yes, there really is a holiday for everything), we want to think more fully about what it really means to be a responsible pet owner and consider tips for providing the best care for our pets. Continue…