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Do I Need To Brush My Cat's Teeth? by Bonnie Tatton, VT
February 26, 2015
Cats like us require dental care and daily brushing. The best age to start your cat on a brushing routine is when they are still kittens, however with a little determination and patience we can start brushing teeth at any age.
Do I Need A Special Toothpaste?
You have to purchase special pet toothpaste as human toothpaste is not meant to be swallowed and can be harmful to your cat. CET (Clean Every Tooth) toothpaste, is the toothpaste we recommend and is available here at North Hill Animal Hospital and comes in a variety of flavors.
Do I Need To Do The Inside Surface of the Teeth?
Thank goodness NO! Plaque and tartar tend to build up more on the outside surface of the teeth. Their tongue removes most of the plaque that builds up on the inside surfaces.
How Often Will I Have to Brush my Cat’s Teeth?
The best would to clean your cat’s teeth every day. Once you and your cat are comfortable with the brushing it should take less than 2 minutes.
Here are some tips which may be helpful when starting to brush your cat’s teeth.
The first thing you will need to do is find a quiet place in your home and try to pick a time when you are able to take your time and not have to rush. If you have someone that could assist you with holding that may be beneficial. Start off slowly, do right side of the mouth one day then left side the next day until you and your cat are comfortable.
Initially, start brushing with just a little bit of water or tuna juice on a soft bristled handheld toothbrush or finger toothbrush, sometimes a Q-tip may work also. This will help your cat get used to having a toothbrush in his/her mouth before introducing a toothpaste.
Gently pull back lips slightly, you do not have to open their mouth.
Dip your brush into the tuna juice or water and gently move the toothbrush in a backwards and forward motion where the gum meets the tooth. Don’t forget the teeth in the very back.
Once they are used to having this done (which may take several weeks) then you can start to add in the CET.
How do I know if my dog's problem is due to separation anxiety?
Separation anxiety describes dogs that usually are overly attached or dependent on family members. They become extremely anxious and show distress behaviours such as vocalization, destruction, or house soiling when separated from the owners.
With recent changes to restrictions on businesses, we are pleased to advise that effective May 19, 2020 some restrictions on veterinary practices have been lifted. Based on these changes, below are some important updates to our operating policies.
1. WE CAN NOW SEE ALL CASES BY APPOINTMENT ONLY
This includes vaccines, wellness exams, blood work, heartworm testing, spays and neuters, dental services, and more!
2. SAFETY MEASURES TO KEEP EVERYONE SAFE
Continue our "closed waiting room" policy to protect our clients and staff. When you arrive, please remain outside the hospital and use your cell phone to call 905.857.5057. We will take a history of your pet's health and discuss any concerns. A staff member will then meet you outside to bring your pet into the hospital for an examination. The Veterinarian will call you to discuss the recommended treatment plan. After your appointment, a staff member will return your pet to you outside, and take care of any needed medications and payment.
Continue the use of credit cards as the preferred payment method.
Continue with curbside pickup of food and medication (unless you have used our online store and are having your order delivered directly to your home). To place an order through our online store, visit our website and click on "Online Store".
3. ONLINE CONSULTATIONS ARE AVAILABLE
If you wish to connect with a veterinarian via message, phone or video, visit our website and follow the "Online Consultation" link.
4. OPERATING HOURS
We are OPEN with the following hours:
- Monday: 8:00 am - 6:00 pm - Tuesday: 8:00 am - 8:00 pm - Wednesday: 8:00 am - 6:00 pm - Thursday: 8:00 am - 8:00 pm - Friday: 8:00 am - 6:00 pm - Saturday: 8:00 am - 2:00 pm - Sunday: CLOSED
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.
Thank you for your patience and understanding and we look forward to seeing you and your furry family members again!
- Your dedicated team at North Hill Animal Hospital