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How to do a Conscious Oral Exam at Home

Felines, like humans, require regular dental care to maintain optimal oral health. A crucial aspect of this care is the feline oral conscious exam, a procedure that allows veterinarians to assess the condition of a cat's mouth without the need for anaesthesia.

This is invaluable in detecting dental issues early, preventing pain and discomfort, and ensuring the overall well-being of our feline companions.

Doing this once a year at the vets is not effective, plus it stresses out cat and we get stressed out when they are stressed. Therefore, it is a no-brainer to learn how to do it in the comfort of your home - THE CAT FRIENDLY WAY.

Feline oral health is often overlooked, yet it plays a significant role in a cat's overall health and quality of life. Dental problems, such as periodontal disease, tooth decay, and oral infections, can lead to pain, difficulty eating, and even systemic health issues if left untreated. Unfortunately, cats are experts at hiding signs of dental discomfort, making it challenging for owners to recognize when their furry friends need dental care.

This is where the feline oral conscious exam becomes essential. Unlike traditional dental exams that require anaesthesia, this procedure can be performed while the cat is awake, eliminating the risks associated with anaesthesia and making it a safer option, especially for older or medically fragile cats. During the exam, the veterinarian will gently manipulate the cat's mouth to examine the teeth, gums, and oral tissues for any abnormalities, such as plaque build-up, gingivitis, fractured teeth, or oral tumours.

At home by doing it this way, you can check the status of your cat's teeth and gums whilst they are relaxing.

Doing it regularly at home will ensure early detection of dental issues and it will allow your veterinarian to intervene promptly, preventing the progression of dental disease and minimizing the need for more invasive procedures in the future.

Additionally, routine dental care, including professional cleanings and at-home dental hygiene practices, can help maintain a cat's oral health and prevent future dental problems.

You play an active role in your cat's dental care. By doing these checks and by establishing a home dental care routine that includes daily tooth brushing with a cat toothbrush or the Dental Wand; you'll ensure you stay on top of your cat's oral health and provide a lifetime of healthy smiles and happy purrs.



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