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I have 2 male 5 year old cats. I was looking at their inner

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Hello,I have 2 male 5 year old cats. I was looking at their inner teeth and they don't look great.What would you suggest doing for them?

Hello & welcome, I am Dr. B, a licensed veterinarian and I would like to help you today.

Now the canines look ok, but your kitty does have quite a bit of tarter on those molars. As well, it does look like it is starting to cause secondary gingivitis. With this all in mind, while brushing his teeth with an enzymatic toothpaste could help the front teeth; the tarter on the back looks too thick for that already. Therefore, it would be ideal to consider a dental cleaning for him. That way we can get these teeth back to square one before they start to rot with this (and then need to be taken out) and it would give us an ideal place to work from with teeth brushing to keep these clean and prevent recurrence for him.

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Dr. B.

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Customer: replied 3 months ago.
Sorry for the delay, do cats always need to be put to sleep for the cleaning or can they remain awake?
Hi Dan,
I'm just following up on our conversation about your pet. How is everything going?
Dr. B.
Good morning,
They tend to need to be anesthetized for dentals. There are some vets that will crack tarter off when the are conscious but that can be very stressful for the kitties and actually can damage the teeth. So a proper scale and polish would need an anesthesia for them.
Best wishes,
Dr. B
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