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Cat Dental Care

Dental care begins at home as kittens – brushing teeth daily, recognizing what is bad breath and gingivitis. You know the saying, prevention is the best medicine!

What is involved in a dental cleaning procedure?


This is a full gas anesthesia procedure. The whole mouth is examined, and diseased teeth and gums are identified. Compromised teeth can be extracted during a procedure, as recommended by the veterinarian.

What are signs of dental problems in cats?


Stinky or fishy breath, red/purple/bleeding gums, stained teeth, change in eating/chewing habits (dropping food, tilting head to eat, dropping kibble on the floor to eat), weight loss. Keep in mind that cats are not good at showing pain, so if they don’t appear to be in pain, they likely still are experiencing pain.

Are some feline breeds more susceptible than others?


As a pattern, Brachiocephalic (smushy-faced) breeds like Himalayans/ Persians and British Shorthairs tend to accumulate tartar differently due to the different mouth conformation. Siamese cats tend to have more gum recession/loss as they get older. All cats can have significant dental disease, even at a young age.

What is feline tooth resorption?


Though the exact cause(s) are unknown, the body attacks the root of the tooth, causing loss of attachment to the tooth. On dental x-ray, the tooth root appears “moth-eaten.” This disease process is thought to be very painful and is very common. We see it more in senior cats, but cats of all ages can develop this disease.

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Last updated: May 29, 2020

Dear Clients,

With recent changes to restrictions on businesses, we are pleased to advise that effective May 15, 2020 some restrictions on veterinary practices have been lifted. Based on these changes, below are 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 to Friday: 8:00 am - 6:00 pm
- Saturday: 8:00 am - 12:00 pm (food and medication pickup only)
- Sunday: CLOSED

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

- Your dedicated team at Manitou Animal Hospital Team