Tips for Caring for Your Pet’s Dental Health

Tips for Caring for Your Pet’s Dental Health

The American Veterinary Medical Association recognizes that your pet’s dental condition is a crucial indicator of your pet’s overall health. As your pet’s primary care provider, you should make sure that your pet has optimal teeth and gums. If you haven’t been paying attention to your furry companion’s oral hygiene, perhaps it is time to start. It may be difficult at first, but with patience and consistency, you and your pet will reap the rewards. Here’s what you need to know regarding some useful tips for caring for your pet’s dental health.

See the Vet for a Thorough Dental Cleaning

Statistics show that 70 percent of cats and 80 percent of dogs have an oral condition that needs treatment. Tooth extraction is usually part of the treatment to prevent the infection from getting worse. Your pet doesn’t have to go through this as long as your vet performs regular dental checks. During the regular checkups, your vet can perform a deep dental cleaning on your pet. Unlike humans, animals cannot sit still for such a procedure. That is why your pet needs to be under general anesthesia for this procedure. With the use of a scaler, your vet will strip your pet’s teeth of tartar. There may also be a need for a dental X-ray to see if there are any hidden infections in your pet’s teeth and gums.

Provide a Dental Diet

Pet food manufacturers are formulating pet food and treats that support your pet’s dental health. Crunchy dental treats and kibble are better for your pet’s teeth than soft canned food. Your pet has to chew of this type of food or treats for a while. When your furry friend crunches while chewing, tartar and plaque buildup slowly strip off. If your pet is on a canned food diet because of health reasons, talk to your vet about possible alternative diets for dental health.

Brush Your Pet’s Teeth

It may take longer for your pet to accept the new toothbrushing routine if you start it at a later age. You should begin dental hygiene practices while your pet is still very young. Positive reinforcement through treats and praise is always good. Consult your vet about how to brush your pet’s teeth the right way to make the experience easier.

Be Mindful of Your Pet

Animal behaviorists say that all animals do not show anyone that they are hurting. If they show weakness and pain, other animals will see them as prey. That is why your pet eats despite extreme dental pain. When you notice some face rubbing or drooling, it is best to take your pet to the vet to have a dental check and a possible treatment. A new type of behavior usually mandates a vet checkup.

You should take charge of your pet’s dental hygiene. Being vigilant with your pet’s oral health always has great rewards. At 4Paws Veterinary Hospital, we see to it that our patients receive safe and thorough dental care. Please visit our clinic in Duffield, Virginia, for an in-person consultation. You can also call us at 276-431-4838 if you want to schedule an appointment or make inquiries about our dental care products and packages.

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