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Tips for Pet Dental Health

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Tips for Pet Dental Health

Humans aren’t the only creatures who care about their pearly whites. Dogs and cats also need their teeth cleaned, to prevent the buildup and plaque and tartar–the leading causes of gum disease in both animals and humans. Pet Dental Health has a great impact on your furry companion’s overall health and happiness.

If your cat or dog requires veterinary dental care, you may notice:

  • Yellow or brown teeth

  • Bad breath

  • Swollen, red, or bleeding gums

  • Decreased appetite or issues eating

  • Loose or missing teeth

These symptoms can be signs of issues ranging from plaque to tooth decay (which can be very painful) to even complications with your pet’s organs. These can easily be prevented with proper dental care which will save you time, money, and stress.

Simple home practices can help promote good oral health for your pet. Your cat or dog’s teeth can be brushed every day. Be sure to only use toothpaste made for pets as human toothpaste is poisonous to animals. It may take a great deal of patience and practice, but your pet will soon grow accustomed to the routine. If daily brushing doesn’t work well, there are several brands of dental treats that will help freshen your pet’s breath and clean its teeth. Your pet may also find them delicious!

Even with a consistent home routine, your pet may need a professional cleaning from your local vet. For older animals or animals prone to dental issues, this may be an annual cleaning. You don’t have to worry about your pet being uncomfortable during the procedure; your pet will be under localized anesthesia and all of its vitals closely monitored by veterinary technicians. Your pet’s teeth will then be cleaned and polished using the dental equipment. Afterward, dental surgery or the removal of severely damaged teeth will be performed if necessary. In such instances, you will be supplied with antibiotics or pain medications, so your pet remains comfortable and healthy during recovery. Otherwise, your pet will simply wake up with whiter teeth and fresher breath.

To learn more about Pet Dental Health, you can visit Animal-er.com for more information on practices, procedures, and the benefits of veterinary oral care. To see their business reviews visit Yelp page.

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