The Importance of Routine Dental Care for Pets

The Importance of Routine Dental Care for Pets

The Importance of Routine Dental Care for Pets

Pet owners are not deliberately neglectful about oral health.

They may not realize the importance of regular dental check-ups and preventative care.  Seventy-five percent of all companion animals have mild to severe gum disease by age three.  Gum disease can be the start of other serious health concerns.  The good news is dental disease is largely preventable by brushing your pet’s teeth at home, feeding a healthy diet and bringing your pet to Rivertown Animal Hospital twice a year for a dental check-up.  Preventing dental disease is as important as a healthy diet and exercise.

Oral Healthcare At Home

Rivertown Animal Hospital recommends a soft bristle toothbrush appropriate for your pet’s mouth.  The first day, allow your pet to sniff the toothbrush.  Introduce toothpaste the next day letting your pet investigate the taste.  The following day place the toothbrush with the toothpaste in their mouth for 10 seconds. The idea is to gradually introduce the process to your pet. Progress to daily brushing of all teeth and gums.

Most pets want to please their owners. Praise your pet and reward with small treats for any cooperation you receive.  Be gentle, yet firm when introducing this process to your pet.

Call Us Right Away if Your Pet Has These Symptoms

Bad breath is a common issue with companion animals.  It can also indicate a more serious problem with oral health.  If your pet’s bad breath persists despite toothbrushing and the use of dental chews, contact us to schedule an oral health evaluation.  Bleeding gums, refusal to eat, stained teeth and excess drooling indicate the need for a prompt oral evaluation.

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