Multi-Modal Therapies for Feline Oral Problems

Multimodal treatment is a popular form of treatment for humans and pets alike. Multimodal treatment involves the use of a variety of approaches to address a single issue. This holistic approach may yield better outcomes than treatment plans that rely on one or two approaches. Need "a veterinarian near me?" If you live in or near Etobicoke, ON, reach out to Richview Animal Hospital.


Defining Multimodal Treatment for Pets

Often, doctors and veterinarians prescribe a single treatment and hope that it’s enough to resolve the issue at hand. For example, if your cat is sick, a vet might prescribe antibiotics that will hopefully address your cat’s illness. Likewise, if your cat is suffering from oral issues, a vet may scrub your pet’s teeth or offer chewables to clean his or her teeth.

With a multimodal approach, our veterinarian steps back to gain a more holistic view of your pet’s ailments. Our veterinarian will proceed to develop a multi-pronged treatment plan to address a wide range of issues. This way, the chances of successful treatment increase considerably. Multimodal treatment is often called combination therapy. Let’s take a look at what this treatment method means for oral health.

Dental Issues Among Cats

Most dentists recommend that people brush their teeth twice a day for two minutes each time. You’re also supposed to floss daily to remove gunk between your teeth. Yet how often does your cat brush or floss her teeth? The answer, of course, is never.

Since cats don’t eat sugary food and live relatively short lives compared to humans, their teeth typically don’t degrade as quickly as human teeth. Still, oral issues are quite common. Your feline could suffer from rotten teeth, gum disease, oral cancer, and various other issues.

Dental issues may cause your cat a great amount of pain. Your cat may have trouble eating and could lose weight. He or she may be more irritable as well. Fortunately, our vet’s multi-modal approach to treatment also applies to dental health.

Using Multimodal Treatment to Address Dental Issues

When addressing feline oral issues, our veterinarian might recommend the following:

  • Dental chewables or toys that can scrub off plaque
  • Regular brushing with a toothbrush and pet-friendly toothpaste
  • A change in diet
  • Oral rinses
  • Regular visits to our veterinarian for professional cleaning

Animal Hospital in Etobicoke, ON

IF you live in Etobicoke, ON, and are looking for a “veterinarian near me,” the friendly and knowledgeable staff of Richview Animal Hospital are ready to assist you. For more information about feline oral problems, multi-modal therapy, or to schedule an appointment, call us at (416) 245-8805.

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