Valuable Information: How To Properly Brush Your Cat's Teeth

May 24, 2018

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Smell your cat's breath -- what's it smell like? Like a cross between cat food and its a$$hole, right? Enter the latest installment of Dr. Burstyn's Helpful Vancouver Vet video series, detailing how to safely brush your cat's teeth (previously: how to properly pick up a cat). Amazingly, none of the steps include 'Buy a full suit of medieval armor' like I would have expected, which might explain why there's so much of my own blood all over the bathroom. "Do you even have a cat, GW?" No I do not.

Keep going for the video, and watch the cat's eyes shift after the grabs the brush around 1:38.

Thanks to Cyndi M, who informed her her cat likes licking between her toes while she's sleeping. Yeah that's like flossing to them.

  • adsffda

    gw said he has no cat. what happened to shitty bill!? clearly gw has been replaced again

  • Andyman7714

    He looks like the Dr. Nassar of cats. His saying that he loves cats was just a little too creepy.

  • Meh

    Shows people how to brush the teeth of a totally drugged out mellowish cat, only to destroy millions of friendships between humans and cats. I for one won't try this.

  • Jenness

    Yeahhh, this video is bogus. This is actually what really happens 99% of the time: https://www.youtube.com/wat...

  • Robin Munro

    LMAO Jen, if this guy was being honest he would of started the video off by explaining the cats look... i.e. 'unless you catch me coming out of the womb in the first 2 seconds, I'm going to f*ck you up BIG TIME!'

    Even in YOUR video, just using the towel and gauntlets is being a bit over confident in my opinion! :D

  • GeneralDisorder

    I like my fingers attached and not chomped. So... I will also not try this.

    Also my cat tore up two vet techs for trying to get her temperature. They had her tested for rabies and threatened to have her put down.

  • Meh

    And that is exactly how mother nature intended it.

  • Bling Nye

    Did they stitch the cat's head back on, or at least give you the head back...?

    Only way to test a cat for rabies involves removing their head. The test is a direct fluorescence antibody test where they are looking at a cross-section of the brain. They would have had to put your cat down in order to test for rabies.

    If they charged you for a 'rabies test' without killing your cat, you were scammed. FYI.

  • GeneralDisorder

    Okay. So this was... uh... 6 years ago. So clearly I'm misremembering a part of it.

    Also: "Rabies is diagnosed by testing fluids of the brain, skin, saliva and urine of an animal, not its blood serum."

    In the US they only do post-mortem rabies tests but they don't have to remove its head. They do "direct fluorescence antibody test performed by a state-approved laboratory for rabies diagnosis"

    They would "collect fluid samples if your cat dies while in quarantine, or if it begins showing progressive signs of rabies"

    https://www.petmd.com/cat/c...

  • Bling Nye

    Yeah... what I'm saying is, you can't test a live animal for rabies. They need the brain for testing, the DFA test is the gold standard; when I say the head has to be removed, that's usually for shipping purposes, since it's cheaper to ship just a head than a whole body. Bats are the only ones shipped whole, all other animals (cats, dogs, horses, etc.) have the head removed for shipping to the labs for testing. The document I site below is literally the "minimum standard" for testing in the US.

    Sufficed to say, no vet can offer rabies testing of an animal without the animal being dead one way or another.

    "IV. Sample Collection and Handling
    A. Rationale for sample collection.

    When an animal develops rabies (most often when the bite of another animal transfers rabies-virus-laden
    saliva to the wound), rabies virus moves
    transneuronally from the site of entry to the
    spinal cord and brain. Patterns of virus spread
    within the central nervous system suggest that a
    thorough examination of the brain stem is critical
    to rabies diagnosis. Viral antigen is widespread in
    the brain of most animals positive for rabies, but
    because spread may also be unilateral, especially
    in larger animals (Figure 1), a negative finding for
    rabies can be made only if a complete crosssection
    of the brain stem is examined. Examination may be made at the level of the pons, medulla, or midbrain.

    Cerebellar tissue should also be included in a
    rabies test. Although brain stem is the tissue most
    reliably found to contain viral antigen, the
    characteristic size and shape of intracytoplasmic
    inclusions produced as rabies virus accumulates in
    the large neurons of foliar regions of the
    cerebellum are easily detected and recognized by
    DFA.

    If the cerebellum is missing from tissue submitted
    for rabies testing, however, a negative finding
    may be made from examination of brain stem and
    hippocampus.

    While a negative finding for rabies can be made only if brain stem tissue is among the tissues examined, incomplete specimens should be tested, if possible. Specific staining in any tissue reacted with anti-rabies antibody is diagnostic of rabies infection.

    Virus is present in the saliva of an infected animal
    only after virus proliferation in the central nervous
    system and subsequent centrifugal spread from
    the brain to the salivary glands. A negative DFA
    test for the presence of rabies virus in brain tissue
    assures that contact with saliva of a biting animal
    could not have transmitted rabies. Because virus
    may not spread to all salivary glands and may be
    present only intermittently in saliva, negative
    tests of salivary glands or saliva cannot rule out
    rabies infection."
    - https://www.cdc.gov/rabies/...

  • adsffda

    so they technically can do it without killing your pet, they just don't want to?

  • Bling Nye

    Technically no. Given how fatal rabies is, there has to be no uncertainty about the test results. Only the brain cross section gives that reliability.

  • Octo

    My cat's breath smells like cat food.

  • Eric Ord

    A cross between cat food and its a$$hole, yes

  • Irina Abramovich

    Hubree is the number #1 L33T kitten -- if he designed his own toothpaste, it would be a Hello Kitty one in a cotton candy flavor!!=)=)

    GOOOOOOOOO Hubree!!!!!! YAY!! You just won the race to being the BEST Geekologie comment and shall receive an award from me -- it will be a big FLASHY MEDAL WITH AN INSCRIPTION ON IT THAT SAYS....................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................... HUBREE IS THE KITTEN GOD!!!!!

    I <3 Saint Thomas

  • Munihausen

    Somebody get that cat a Dentapup!

  • Eric Ord

    Combative street cat is The_Wretched

    Trained, specialized, considerate veterinarian is me

    Beautiful, restorative turkey flavored toothpaste is my firsts and shitposts

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