Spotlight on Feline Dental Care

To a certain extent, a bit of “tuna breath” is an expected part of cat ownership. That doesn’t mean, however, that caring for your cat’s teeth isn’t important. Feline dental care is a vital component of responsible pet ownership, and the team at Wellesley-Natick Veterinary Hospital is here to get you off to a good start.

Feline Dental Foes

In some ways cats have it a little more difficult than their canine counterparts when it comes to oral health. Many cats and dogs alike are affected by periodontal disease, but feline patients are prone to other oral conditions as well.

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A Team Sport: Pet Dental Care

pet dental careBad breath in your pet may be common, but it’s not normal! It’s often the first sign of dental disease. It is estimated that by the time pets are 4 years of age, 85% have some form of dental disease. That statistic is reason enough to embark on a regular professional dental cleaning program, coupled with at-home pet dental care.

With a focus on your pet’s dental health, dental disease in pets is entirely preventable!

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Battling Dog Breath with Nutrition for Pet Dental Health

The old adage of “you are what you eat” holds true, no matter if you have two legs or four. While we all know that routine dental examinations and thorough cleanings under anesthesia are vital for keeping our pet’s teeth in tip top shape, there are other things that can help the cause. Wellesley-Natick Veterinary Hospital wants you to know all about how nutrition and pet dental health are related!

The Science of Bad Breath

When your pet eats something, particles of whatever he or she is chewing mix with saliva. Most of this goes down the esophagus and heads into the stomach for digestion, but inevitably there are small pieces of this mix that becomes stuck to the teeth. This sticky substance is known as plaque.

If not removed, plaque continues to coat the teeth and eventually becomes mineralized. This cement-like deposit is what is called tartar. Tartar is much more difficult to remove than plaque. Continue…