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Dental care for your older cat

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Keep them clean!

As your cat gets older, years of plaque and tartar build-up, full of bacteria, can start to get out of hand. These bacteria cause dental decay and bad breath, as well as causing problems with internal organs as they move round your cat’s bloodstream. Good dental care is about more than a gleaming smile!

Teeth Tips

The best way to keep your cat’s teeth clean is by brushing them. If you’ve never tried it before, it’s a good idea to ask Companion Care for advice before you give it a go. A good diet can also be a great way to help keep your cat’s teeth in good condition, along with their general health. Choose food designed for senior animals, as having the right mix of nutrients for older age is important and you will find that some diets are especially designed to help keep teeth clean. Most cats, however, will need a scale and polish as they get older.

Things to look out for

If you notice that your cat’s breath has become smelly then it may be due to bacteria build-up in the mouth. As dental disease progresses your cat may be reluctant to eat, due to soreness in the mouth, or they may start becoming picky and preferring soft food over dry biscuits. If you notice any of these signs, speak to your Companion Care vet.

Regular checks

A regular check with your vet is one of the best ways to keep on top of your cat’s dental health. It will enable us to spot any problems early and advise on the best course of action to help prevent serious problems from developing. For example bacteria from the mouth entering the bloodstream and damaging internal organs such as the heart, liver or kidneys. If dental treatment like a scale and polish, X-rays or extractions are required then these are always performed under anaesthetic.