Pets use their mouths every day to eat, drink, groom, communicate, and play. Therefore, it should come as no surprise that dental care is a key aspect of ensuring the best quality of life for your pet.Dental disease is extremely common in animals and is known to affect over 80% of pets aged three and older. With cats, in particular, periodontal disease is the most common dental disease putting their health at risk. 1
Periodontal disease begins with gingivitis where plaque and bacteria build up on the teeth causing gum inflammation. If the plaque is not removed and gingivitis is not treated, over time the inflammation spreads deeper into the mouth weakening the structure of the teeth. Animals with periodontal disease are often in pain, and at risk of tooth loss.4
Although it can be difficult to detect symptoms of dental disease as a pet owner, there are some signs that you can watch out for. Common manifestations of dental disease include sensitivity around the face, changes in food preference to soft foods or swallowing dry food without chewing and increased drooling. You may also notice red and inflamed gums in addition to yellow, loose, or missing teeth.2
Luckily, there are many simple solutions to preventing dental disease. Everyday practices to maintain good dental health include brushing your cat’s teeth, adopting a dental-friendly diet, and using oral hygiene products. Lastly, making regular visits to the vet for oral exams and dental cleanings when necessary is best .3
One veterinarian who often treats animals with dental disease is Dr. Sukhi Singh of Balmy Beach Pet Hospital. In her practice, it is one of the most common issues she sees. Through the Balmy Beach Pet Hospital’s partnership with the Toronto Cat Rescue (TCR), Dr. Sukhi treats a large number of rescues. A majority of her TCR patients come to the clinic for much needed dental procedures and leave smiling!
“Working with TCR is such a satisfying part of my job. The level of care TCR provides to their intake felines is truly commendable. And meticulous attention is paid to their dental health as well. A lot of the cats that I have had coming in through my practice through TCR receive some level of dental care, including dental x-rays to identity diseased teeth, extractions as/if necessary, and a cleaning and polishing. The level of dedication and care towards their rescues is above and beyond. I consider myself extremely fortunate to be a part of this cohesive network of wonderful team, fosters, volunteers and drivers. It wouldn’t be possible without the relentless effort of so many individuals.”
As a pet owner, you always want the best for your animal. Be sure to practice good dental hygiene habits, keep an eye out for any signs of periodontal disease, and go to the vet for regular check-ups.
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Wow! I continue to be unbelievably grateful for our supporters!
Thanks to the generous donations to Toronto Cat Rescue on #GivingTuesday, 100 cats and kittens will have a second chance at a happy life. We were able to send word to our friends in Quebec yesterday and the first transport with 50 cats and kittens have just arrived in Toronto!
Now that they are with us, we will ensure that they have all the medical attention, spay or neuter and vaccinations that they need. Without these donations, we would not be able to help these cats.
We raised an absolutely incredible $65,000 with the help of our matching donor.
We promise to give all the love we can to these furry friends and to prepare for the next transport of the remaining cats before Christmas. And thanks to the overwhelming support, we will also be able to rescue more cats from shelters in Ontario and Quebec who need our help.
On behalf of the cats, the volunteers, the board of directors and the staff of Toronto Cat Rescue, I thank everyone for the support on #GivingTuesday.
Belinda Vandersluis – Executive Director
Toronto Cat Rescue
There are 100 homeless cats that are in desperate need of our help nearly 1,000 km away. Cats and kittens of all ages lost or abandoned in rural Quebec, are waiting at a shelter for their furrever home. Let’s get them to Toronto to get all the care they need.
This shelter does it’s very best for these cats but with very few adopters in this area, these cat’s lives are at risk if we don’t take them in before Christmas. They simply can not keep up with the demand, meaning they will need to make some difficult decisions if we are unable to lessen their burden.
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Each cat or kitten will need at least a visit to the veterinarian, spay or neuter, vaccinations, and some will need extensive dental work, bloodwork and other diagnostics to ensure we get them as healthy as possible for adoption. We estimate that each cat will cost $125 as a minimum.
If we are able to raise enough funds in time, our hope is to transport 50 cats on December 3rd, and 50 cats on December 15th.
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We have great news to share! Once again, a longtime volunteer has stepped up to match every dollar donated! That means every dollar that you donate counts as two. This incredibly generous gift will help us reach our goal even faster.
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Toronto Cat Rescue wants to ensure the safe harbour of these precious lives and with your help, we can save them all.
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