Why is pet dental care important?
Dental health plays a crucial role in the overall health of a pet and ensuring they receive proper dental care is an important part of being a responsible pet owner. Dental disease is common in dogs and cats and neglecting their dental health can lead to a variety of health issues.
Here are some ways to help keep your pet’s dental health in top condition:
1. Schedule regular check-ups with your NewDay veterinarian
Regular check-ups with your veterinarian are an important part of keeping your pet healthy. Veterinarians know what symptoms to look for and can identify any dental concerns early on, as well as recommend the appropriate treatment.
As part of your pet’s semi-annual check-ups, your veterinarian will examine their teeth and may recommend annual cleaning that requires the use of special equipment to look at your pet’s tooth roots and jaw structure. The majority of dental diseases start below the gum line and might not be noticeable during a visual inspection. Dental cleaning for dogs and cats requires the use of anesthesia, which allows your veterinarian to safely clean places a toothbrush can’t reach and remove plaque and tartar that can be damaging to your pet’s health. They can also detect and address any areas of concern, such as tooth root abscesses, loose teeth and any abnormalities in the oral cavity.
At NewDay Veterinary Care, veterinary exams and diagnostics are available by appointment, as well as to all Pet Paradise day camp and overnight boarding guests, making it easy and convenient to get your pet in for a check-up. NewDay also offers monthly wellness plans that include unlimited office visits, drop-and-go annual exams, vaccines, free day camp days and more, all for a set monthly fee.
2. Brush your pet’s teeth
An easy way to help prevent dental disease is to brush your pet’s teeth regularly. Daily brushing is a great habit that removes plaque and reduces the buildup of tartar over time, while also freshening your pet’s breath. While everyday brushing might be a struggle, even just a few times a week can be extremely beneficial.
To brush your pet’s teeth, you can use a child’s toothbrush for smaller pets and a regular-sized toothbrush for larger ones. Remember to avoid using human toothpaste because some of the ingredients can be dangerous for them to consume. There are special toothpastes that are made specifically for pets and come in flavors they’ll love, like chicken or peanut butter. There are also products for pets that can be added to their water or food to help to reduce the bacteria found in their mouth.
3. Buy pet dental treats and toys
Dental treats and toys can help improve your pet’s oral health through special designs that allow pets to chew their way to cleaner teeth. Even gnawing on certain toys can help to scrape plaque off their teeth. When choosing these products, be sure to inspect the label for the Veterinary Oral Health Council’s Seal of Acceptance. If you are considering giving your pet any new products, foods or treats, be sure to consult with your NewDay veterinarian. You can also ask if they would recommend any treats and toys that improve dental health.
When should you reach out to your veterinarian for support?
Although taking preventative action is a great way to keep your pet’s oral and dental health in shape, there are times you may need to reach out to your vet for help. In addition to coming in semi-annually, pet parents should schedule an appointment with their veterinarian for an oral examination if they notice any signs or symptoms of dental disease, including broken or discolored teeth, swelling around the mouth or gums, inability to chew, refusal to eat or bleeding from the mouth. Early detection is critical and veterinarians at NewDay Veterinary Care can advise you on steps to take to improve your pet’s dental health.
Including your pet’s oral care as part of their wellness routine can lead to a longer, happier, and healthier life for your furry friend.
Does your pet need a dental check-up? Request an appointment today.