Cats, Kittens, Elder Cats, Ladies and Gentlemen, Boys and Girls lend me your ear.
Dezi datz a bit dramatik don’cha’ think?
Well sissy what me has to say is very purrtant. You oughtta know how purrtant it is.
I do lil sis I do. So habz at it.
Fanks Lexi. Me wants to tell ya’ ‘bout Pet Dental Health Month today. You might be missin’ sum signs dat your pet be givin’ to let ya’ know they have a purroblem in their mouth. Furst let me tell ya’ da types of dental disease dat might be affectin’ your pet. We are not postin’ fotos cuz of their graffic nature and sum of our readers can’t handle it. To see fotos of da conditions listed below, click here.
1. Periodontal Disease
2. Tooth Resorption
3. Feline/Canine Stomatitis
4. Alveolar Mucositis
5. Fractured Teeth
Parently Dental Disease is at da top of da list of things affectin’ your furry furmily member. Sis Lexi started losin’ her teeth when she was about 5 years old. Dat is not normal. She was basically born with Periodontal Disease. Her furst VET kuldn’t ‘splain it any other way, cuz even afur she had teeth she had red swollen gums. Over da years mommy and many VETs tried to help sissy to no avail. Till she started losin’ her teeth. With each lost tooth, da swellin’ and redness disappeared. We animals can survive and even thrive without our teeth. So long as we’s not havin’ to hunt and kill our own meals. Obviously sissy duz better with wet meals than dry, but wet meals be better fur her and most of us (specially kitties) anyways. Da typical symptoms of Periodontal Disease are:
1. Bad Breath (trust me, you’ll know it. Tuna breath dusn’t hold a candle to disease breath)
2. Unwillingness to eat
3. Yellow Deposits on teeth
4. Avoiding hard/dry foods
6. Pawing at da face, ‘specially round da mouth
7. Gums which bleed easily
8. Red or Swollen Gums
9. Pus round da teeth
10. Missing or Broken teeth
Sumtimes kitty will rub their cheeks and mouth area on a hard surface or corner to help alleviate da pain. And sumtimes an unwillingness to eat is another purroblem altogether. Recently there’s been a lot of talk ‘bout Whisker Fatigue in cats. Me had this purroblem. But not anymore. Me won a Dr. Catsby’s feedin’ bowl from CK’s 10K give away and it arrived in time fur dinner last night. Dat was da furst meal in me’s whole life me sat and ate till it was all gone. Fanks CK and Dr. Catsby. Sissy wants a new bowl now. An unwillingness to eat can be a symptom of quite a few issues. Cats shuldn’t and can’t go without eating fur long periods of time. So ifin kitty is refusin’ to eat and it’s been more than 36 hours, get them checked out. Sum things are much easier to solve than others. Bad breath can also be caused by da foods we eat. Everypawdy knows ole tuna breath which goes away after a while or a new meal. But da bad breath of Periodontal disease dusn’t go away like tuna breath. As fur Droolin’, sissy and me both do dat when we luv on mommy and get all x’cited. Da drool dat goes with Periodontal disease is likely to happen any time, specially when kitty tries to eat.
You know it’s always better to be safe than sorry. Ifin you suspect sumfin’ be wrong with kitty then it’s always bestest to make an appointment with your VET. We may not purreciate da trip, but our mouth and bodies will thank you. Periodontal Disease unchecked can lead to major health issues and can lead to death. Da toxins released into da body can affect all our major organs.
Are ya’ gunna tell ebberpawdy how to help kitty avoid Dental Diseases Dezi?
Yep sissy, me’s gunna do dat right now. Mommy sez it’s oh so purrtant to Know your kitty. When pawssible you shuld be lookin’ in kitties mouth at least once a week to check things like our breath. And what do our gums look like? Are they red and swollen or a bright purretty pink? Keep in mind dat sum kitties have dark spots on their gums cuz of their color pattern, but there shuld still be sum pink gum you can use as a guide. Whenever pawssible you shuld brush kitties teeth. Do Not use human toothpaste fur your pets!!! Ifin ya’ just can’t brush kitties teeth, there are purroducts on da market to help with kitties dental health; from treats to supplements. We don’t care fur da dental treats here, so mommy uses a supplement dat she adds to me’s food called Perio Support. It’s made by VetriScience. We met them at BlogPaws last year and they were gracious enuff to send us sum to try. It must be tasty cuz me eats it right up. It’s a powder dat mommy sprinkles over me’s noms. And of course have your VET check kitties mouth at their annual check up. A healthy mouth can go a long way to helping kitty stay healthy and happy.
Me’s gunna wrap it up fur now. It’s time fur me to brush me’s teeth.
Dezi = Blue
Lexi = Green
How do you help your pet have a healthy mouth?
Is brushing part of your regimen?
What treats or supplements do you use?
Till da next time……………………………………….Be Blest!!!
Luv and Hugs and Kitty Kisses
Dezi and Lexi
Meowllo evewypawdy, We got SNOW and ICE!!! We just can’t believ it. Okay, so maybe we can, but we sure ain’t likin’ it. Altho’ me did sit on da twee and look out da door at it fur hours yesfurday. Sis Lexi just ignored it altogedder. Weez kinda took da day off yesfurday fur a kupple weasons. Bein’ it wuz so cold, mommy wusn’t feelin’ so good and we made a foo changes to meez bloggy. What do ya’ fink? Weez not sure yet, but fawt it wuz time fur a change. So weally, do let us know what yous fink. And weez gunna get on wiff todays posty.
So it still be Pet Dental healff mumff. And ifin yous wecall we wrote a posty on periodontal disease early in da mumff. Most pets awe at wisk fur sum form of Periodontal disease. So what do yous do ifin you just can’t bwush yous kitties teef? You know sum kitties wuld take yous fingers off afur lettin’ ya’ bwush their pearly whites. Not mentionin’ any names, CK. MOL (she won’t be mad, she knows we luv her). Well yous do hav sum options. Of course there’s always teef cleanin’ by da Vet, but yous weally don’t need to do dat very offen. Least not as much as you shuld be bwushin’ kitties teef, which shuld be daily. So then what? Treats, dat’s wight, tweats. And not just any ole tweat, but Greenies Dental Treats dat we got fwum Chewy.com this mumff.
Yep dat’s wight, me sed dental tweats. But they don’t taste like no medicine or toof paste and they even come in lots of diffewent flavors. As you know we here in ow house like da beef, so we got da Succulent Beef flavored dental tweats. Not sure what dat little shape’ posed to be, but dat dusn’t weally matter cuz they be tasty and succulent alwight. Boff sissy and me ate ‘em wight up. Ifin yous like chicken or fish, they got sum fur you too. And ifin yous like Nissy and cwavin’ catnip…they hav those too. And da purrice be excellent fur what’cha’ get. Da bags awe 2.5 oz. and they be full. And they only be 1.25 calories each. So we liked ‘em. 4 paws up here. But what ‘bout mommy, did they float hers boat?
She sez they da #1 wecommended tweat by Vets and da only one appwoved by da VOHC fur tartar weduction. They be made wiff a natural furmula wiff added vitamins, minerals, taurine and chlorophyll which be good fur fweshenin’ up da bweaff naturally. Mommy likes dat we like ‘em and da purrice. She didn’t like da fact dat there wuz no beef whatsoever in da succulent beef flavored tweats we got, but da word flavor sez it all and pawently sissy and me wuz fooled. MOL So mommy wuld be happy to giv these to us on a wegular basis as a supplement to wegular bwushin’.
This be da ingwdient list fur da beef flavored dat we twied.
Chicken Meal, Ground Brewers Rice, Ground Wheat, Corn Gluten Meal, Poultry Fat (Preserved With Mixed Tocopherols), Sprayed Dried Hydrolyzed Chicken Protein Concentrate, Oat Fiber, Natural Flavor, Vegetable Oil (Preserved with Mixed Tocopherols), Natural Poultry and Fish Flavor, Sodium Gluconate, Brewer’s Dried Yeast, Calcium Carbonate, Potassium Chloride, Glucono-delta-lactone, Citric Acid, Choline Chloride, Taurine, Natural Beef Flavor, Vitamins: [Vitamin A Supplement, D-Activated Animal Sterol (Source of Vitamin D3 Supplement), dl-Alpha Tocopherol Acetate (Source of Vitamin E), Niacin Supplement, d-Calcium Pantothenate, Thiamine Mononitrate (Vitamin B1), Pyridoxine Hydrochloride (Vitamin B6), Riboflavin Supplement, Menadione Sodium Bisulfite Complex (Source of Vitamin K Activity), Folic Acid, Biotin, Vitamin B12 Supplement], Minerals: [Zinc Proteinate; Copper Proteinate, Manganese Proteinate, Iron Sulfate, Sodium Selenite, Ethylenediamine Dihydriodide], Mixed Tocopherols, Rosemary Extract, DL Methionine, Chlorophyll
And here’s da daily feedin’ wecommendation.
- 6-8 treats for cats from 5 to 10 pounds
- 8-10 treats for cats from 10 to 15 pounds
- 10-12 treats for cats over 15 pounds
So dat be it. we luvved ‘em and mommy appwoves, so anudder hit this mumff fwum Chewy. Go on over and check ‘em out. tere’s lots of gweat purroducts fur all yous pet needs. And not just fur us kitties, but fur yous doggies too.
Till da nex time………………Be Blest!!!