Feline Dental Disease
Feline dental disease is a common and serious health problem in cats. It is caused by the buildup of plaque and tartar on the teeth, which leads to inflammation of the gums (gingivitis) and eventually to infection of the tissues surrounding the teeth (periodontitis). If left untreated, feline dental disease can lead to pain, tooth loss, and other health problems.
The most common signs of feline dental disease include:
- Bad breath
- Red, swollen gums
- Bleeding gums
- Loose teeth
- Difficulty eating
- Weight loss
If you notice any of these signs in your cat, it is important to take them to the veterinarian for a dental exam. The veterinarian will clean your cat's teeth and remove any plaque or tartar that is present. They may also prescribe antibiotics to treat any infection.
There are a number of things you can do to help prevent feline dental disease, including:
- Brush your cat's teeth regularly
- Feed your cat a dry food diet
- Provide your cat with plenty of fresh water to drink
- Take your cat to the veterinarian for regular dental exams
By following these tips, you can help keep your cat's teeth and gums healthy.