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Dental Care for Cats in Gulf Shores, AL

Animal Medical Center offers dental care for cats in Gulf Shores, Alabama!  

It may come as a surprise, but just like humans, cats benefit from routine teeth cleaning and dental care.  Without consistent dental maintenance, such as brushing, dental treats, and regular appointments for professional cleaning from a veterinary dentist, cats can develop painful and even dangerous dental conditions.  

Plaque, tartar, and bacteria can flourish without frequent cleaning and periodic professional attention.  The result is tooth pain and worsening dental health.  Like humans, cats can suffer from tooth decay, infections, tooth loss, and gum disease.  Poor dental hygiene can even contribute to problems with your cat’s general health, sometimes leading to life-threatening organ damage.  

The good news is that there are things you can do to preserve your cat’s dental health.  The Animal Medical Center has caring professionals on staff who are trained to provide routine dental care for your feline friend.  

Keep your cat happy and healthy with regular dental cleaning!

Professional Teeth-Cleaning for Cats in the Gulf Shores Area

Tooth-Care Starts at Home

Ideally, dental care for cats should start in your home.  It can sometimes be a little bit tricky to find the right product or treatment option for your cat, but there are a number of options available today to help pet parents keep their precious pets’ teeth in much better shape between professional cleanings.  

Toothbrushing
The best tool for cleaning your cat’s teeth and preserving their oral health is brushing their teeth.  Be sure to use a toothpaste or tooth gel specially formulated for felines, because toothpaste made for humans can actually be harmful for your cat!  It’s also best to use a toothbrush designed with cats in mind.  These are sized and shaped to more effectively reach all of your cat’s teeth, which makes the brushing process easier for both you and your cat.

Dental Treats
In addition to brushing (or instead of brushing, if it’s proving to be impossible), you can give your cat chewable dental treats that are designed to help keep their teeth cleaner and prevent gum disease.  (Always follow the product instructions for best results!)  These treats are usually easy to administrate, because pets view them as a delicious treat.  Cats usually enjoy eating them, so the dental chews can double as a reward!

Water Additives
If your cat resists toothbrushing, you may want to consider using a water additive to reduce the formation of plaque.  Follow the product instructions for safe, effective results— but essentially, you simply mix the additive into your cat’s drinking water.  Dental water additives products use enzymes and assorted feline-friendly ingredients to safely boost your cat’s dental health.  

Dental Sprays or Gels
Another option for cleaning your cat’s teeth is a dental spray or gel.  With sprays, you administer the product by spraying it directly into your cat’s mouth.  Gels, on the other hand, are placed on the cat’s nose, paw, or upper palate (roof of the mouth), to encourage the cat to lick the gel away.  These products work by safely killing bacteria that can cause damage to teeth and gums.  They often require daily use to be effective, but always follow the specific product’s instructions or the advice of your vet.  

Specially Formulated Cat Food
One more way to protect your cat’s dental health at home is to opt for a type of food specially formulated to support oral health.  If you have questions about prescription cat food (or any other products designed for feline oral hygiene), please speak with the vets at Animal Medical Center during your cat’s next appointment.  We’re always happy to make recommendations and offer helpful advice!  

Protect Your Cat’s Teeth with Professional Dental Veterinary Care

Brushing alone isn’t enough to keep a person’s teeth in pristine condition.  We also need periodic professional teeth cleaning.  The same is true for our pets.  At Animal Medical Center, we use an ultrasonic scaler for the best, safest results.  This state-of-the-art dental cleaning tool uses high vibrational energy to clean each individual tooth gently and effectively.  This tool offers an exceptionally thorough cleaning that reaches not just the exposed areas of the tooth, but also the parts just below the gum-line!  

Using the ultrasonic scaler, our dental technicians will expertly polish each of your cat’s teeth, leaving an extremely smooth surface that will resist plaque build-up.  Your cat will enjoy nice, clean teeth that stay clean even longer between their visits to the “kitty dentist”.  The lower the level of plaque on your cat’s teeth, the better chance they have of avoiding cavities/tooth decay and related problems.  Professional dental cleaning can be a game-changer for your cat’s longevity and quality of life!

If your cat requires more a advanced dental care procedure, such as a root canal or oral surgery, we can make these available to you through referral services.  

We offer dental cleaning for both cats and dogs!

Cat Dentist in Gulf Shores, Alabama

The caring professionals at Animal Medical Center are committed to providing your valued pet with the best care available.  Dr. Kasey, Dr. Meghan, Dr. Scarlett, and our entire staff are animal lovers who understand that your cat is an important part of your family.  We’re pleased to offer a full range of health care services for your pet— including dental care— with the goal of helping your cat enjoy the longest, healthiest, happiest life possible.

If you have questions about your cat’s health or would like to schedule an appointment to speak with a vet at Animal Medical Center, please call or contact us online!