As your cat reaches adulthood and on to middle age, dental and periodontal disease is extremely common. This disease process can be painful enough to stop your pet from eating and the resulting bacterial infection can have significant effects on your cat’s heart and kidney function.
We all know that the best way to prevent dental disease is by brushing your cat’s teeth daily. Ideally we recommend you start when your cat is still a kitten and get them used to brushing or applying special plaque fighting gels. However few cats look forward to this routine, so what can we do?
Here at The Cat Clinic we feel it is important to focus on preventive health care for your pet. Good nutrition is a corner stone in this philosophy. Feeding the right food can go a long way to preventing disease, and this is never more true than when it comes to dental disease. Switching part of your cat’s diet to Hills T/D can go a long way to preventing future dental problems.
Hills T/D has a double protection approach to preventing dental disease. First it is made using a unique fiber matrix. Most traditional kibble shatters and crumbles when a tooth first bites into it. The fiber matrix in the T/D causes the kibble to hold together longer so when the tooth enters the kibble the food acts almost like a tooth brush and scrapes the plaque off the edge of the tooth before it has a chance to harden into tartar. The second protective trait is to have antioxidants in the diet formula. The body's response to oral bacteria creates free radicals that can damage tissues. As periodontal disease progresses, antioxidants capacity in the mouth and body becomes lower and lower. Extra antioxidants are needed! These can be supplied by the diet to help win the fight that is waging within the mouth.
If you would like more information about Hill's T/D or any other dental products please feel free to contact any of our team for more information.
Written by Angelina Johnstone RVT
“While brushing cats’ teeth is the gold standard for oral hygiene, when this is impractical, daily feeding of foods that slow the buildup of plaque and tartar are strongly recommended. Look for foods that have been awarded the VOHC Seal of Acceptance.”
Colin Harvey, Director, VOHC
Professor of Surgery and Dentistry
School of Veterinary Medicine, University of Pennsylvania