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Dental disease is a very common disease for cats. A Veterinarian grades the teeth in 4 stages. The severity ranges from mild plaque (present on one or more teeth), to mild gingivitis, and ultimately severe gum disease can result in bone loss and the need to remove teeth surgically. Cats are unique where they can develop lesions on their teeth which are painful and require attention.
Symptoms of dental disease include loss of appetite, lethargy, depression, difficulty eating and chewing, bad breath, bleeding gums, problems picking up food, loose teeth, bumps/lumps in the mouth, and bloody saliva.
Feline dental care includes a dental procedure which consists of a full anesthetic, radiographs of the underlying roots, a thorough cleaning under the gum line and extractions if necessary.
Are some feline breeds more susceptible than others?
Yes. Persian, Himalayan, and Siamese cats have high rates of tartar and receding gums while Abyssinians and Somalis are susceptible to gingivitis.
What is feline tooth resorption?
Tooth resorption is when the tooth gradually dissolves and is replaced by the surrounding jaw bone. The tooth weakens due to the resorption which can leave it susceptible to exposed nerves inside the tooth. It is very painful.
McKnight Veterinary Hospital is committed to doing everything possible to combat the COVID-19 (coronavirus) outbreak.
As part of this commitment, effective immediately, McKnight Veterinary Hospital will be instituting the following precautionary protocol to minimize the risk of COVID-19 transmission.
For the safety of yourself, our staff, and the community, clients will not be allowed to enter the building.
If possible, please call us at 403.457.0911
to let us know you are on the way so that we can be prepared to meet you upon your arrival at the hospital. When you arrive, please come up to the door with your pet. We will be out to help you as soon as possible.
Prescription and food will be available for pick-up between 8:00 am - 8:00 pm. This will allow our team to focus on emergencies overnight.
NEW PET OWNERS
Have you welcomed a new furry family member to your home? We’d love to meet them! Visit our Must Know New Pet Owner Information page for useful resources and helpful recommendations for new pet owners.
Reminder: Wait times are very long so please be patient with us as we do our best to accommodate everyone. Polite and courteous treatment of staff is required. We are trying our best to provide care for your pets. Thank you in advance for your cooperation.