Dentistry

Pet Dental Care – They Have Teeth, Too!

Dog with Toothbrush - Pet Dental CareDid you know that periodontal disease is the most common disease in dogs and cats?  Keeping your pets’ teeth clean is an important part of keeping them healthy, happy and pain-free.  About 85% of dogs and cats have some form of periodontal disease, which not only looks unattractive but makes them vulnerable to pain, bad breath and tooth loss.

If periodontal disease is allowed to progress untreated, it can even cause damage to your pet’s kidneys, liver and heart, since bacteria spread throughout the body in the bloodstream.

Dr. Debbie and Dr. Katie offer regular dental exams and can provide regular progress reports on your pet’s dental health.

During a pet dental exam, our vets look for:

  • Plaque
  • Bad breath
  • Tartar
  • Red, swollen gums (Gingivitis)
  • Bleeding gums
  • Loose, broken or missing teeth
  • Oral lesions or growths

Taking good care of your pet’s teeth at home can be as simple as following three steps:

  1. Start with dental chews
    Dogs and cats love dental chews, which offer the mechanical action of rubbing with the application of chemicals such as chlorhexidine, which prevent plaque buildup.
  2. Fight plaque with drinking water rinse
    Oral hygiene rinses and gels are a step-up in plaque prevention for your dog or cat’s teeth.  Some brands are exceptionally easy to use; simply apply between your pet’s cheek and gum for plaque control without brushing.
  3. Make brushing a daily habit
    The best way to maintain your pet’s dental health is daily brushing – not with toothpaste designed for humans, but special toothpastes that come in flavors pets like and that are okay to be swallowed.

We’ll be happy to recommend brands of dental chews, rinses, toothpastes and toothbrushes and work with you to how to use them correctly with your pet.

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