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The American Veterinary Dental Society (AVDS) states that more than 70% of cats show signs of oral disease by the time they are 3 years old. Most oral disease starts a buildup of bacteria that is easily controlled with regular brushing or dental cleanings. However, for many reasons, most cats don’t receive adequate dental care, especially when they’re younger.
Dental disease can affect cats of any age and varies in severity – some cats develop severe disease at a relatively young age. Several factors affect the development of disease including:
For a complete oral and radiographic evaluation (x-ray), general anesthesia is required. During the procedure, your veterinarian will:
If your pet has any dental or oral surgery procedure, general anesthesia is required. Take time to ask your veterinarian about their anesthetic protocols or plans. This way, you understand the steps they take to minimize the risk, relieve your fears, and provide your cat with a safe anesthetic procedure.
Some questions to consider asking your veterinarian:
More frequent dental examinations may be required if your pet has severe dental disease. Your veterinarian can help guide you in this process. Make sure you and your veterinarian discuss any findings from the examination, treatment options, and a home care routine. To book an exam at our animal dental clinic, request an appointment below.