While February is officially Pet Dental Health Month, the effects of gingivitis and periodontal disease in cats can be so far-reaching that, actually, every month should be dental health month.
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According to the American Veterinary Dental Society (AVDS), 70% of cats show signs of oral disease by the age of three years. With that knowledge in mind, I was horrified when I recently took my two kittens for individual vet appointments, and found that Sage at nine months, and Gaither at almost seven months both have dental disease. Sage has indications of early stomatitis, and Gaither has gingivitis. Since they both are already being treated for chronic problems (URI for Sage and conjunctivitis/possible URI for Gaither), it is of critical importance that we start treatment immediately. I had already started giving all our cats dental chews, but I need to start brushing their teeth (twice daily if at all possible). We're also going to start adding l-lysine powder to their canned food. A good Dental Care Plan, and annual veterinary examination, will add many years to your cat's teeth, and perhaps even ameliorate the risk of damage to other organs.
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