Welcome to the all-new Vetlearn

  • Vetlearn is becoming part of NAVC VetFolio.
    Starting in January 2015, Compendium and
    Veterinary Technician articles will be available on
    NAVC VetFolio. VetFolio subscribers will have
    access to not only the journals, but also:
  • Over 500 hours of CE
  • Community forums to discuss tough cases
    and networking with your peers
  • Three years of select NAVC Conference
  • Free webinars for the entire healthcare team

To access Vetlearn, you must first sign in or register.


  Sign up now for:
Become a Member

Veterinary Forum January 2007 (Vol 24, No 1)

Feline dental disease may be sign of more serious problem

    WESTBROOK, Maine — The American Veterinary Dental Society (AVDS) reports that 70% of cats have some degree of dental disease by 2 years of age and that dental problems are often the first sign of more serious health problems.

    A recent study conducted by veterinary clinics nationwide for IDEXX Laboratories shows that one in seven cats with dental disease also tested positive for FIV or FeLV. This study confirms the importance of regularly testing cats for FIV and FeLV, especially in cats with oral diseases.

    "Providing optimal dental care is one of the best things a cat owner can do to help improve the overall health of their cat," said Jan Bellows, DVM, DAVDC, DABVP. Bellows said that veterinarians should recommend regular dental exams as well as at-home care to maintain dental health for cats.

    Tartar on teeth can cause gum infection and tooth loss, leading to difficulty eating and grooming. In some cases, dental disease can even spread to other organs of the body, causing serious illness to the pet.

    NEXT: Fort Dodge Animal Health receives licensure of avian influenza vaccine


    Did you know... California sea lions are faster swimmers than other sea lions, and male California sea lions, unlike other sea lions, do not have a pronounced “lion” mane.Read More

    These Care Guides are written to help your clients understand common conditions. They are formatted to print and give to your clients for their information.

    Stay on top of all our latest content — sign up for the Vetlearn newsletters.
    • More