Feline medicine wasn’t the original plan for Katarina Luther, DVM. But “Dr. Kat,” as she’s affectionately called now, wouldn’t have it any other way.
“I absolutely love the mystery and uniqueness of each cat. They are truly special little beings,” said Luther, owner of AAHA-accredited Cat Care Clinic in Madison, Wisconsin.
February is National Pet Dental Health Month, and one of the biggest health concerns in feline medicine, according to Luther, is dental health.
“It affects not only their oral health and comfort, but also their overall health,” Luther said.
“Cat mouths, due to their size and the nature of cats, simply don’t get the attention that dog mouths do,” she said. “For instance, a dog will relax with his owner, often with his mouth wide open and tongue hanging out, panting. This makes his teeth more visible and his breath more noticeable. Sightings inside a cat’s mouth are few and far between unless they are very deliberate by an examiner.”
And, because many cats aren’t seeing a veterinarian as often as they should, undetected dental disease can progress and begin to affect overall health.
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