Pet dental care is an important part of your pet’s health care. Regular dental exams and cleanings will improve your pet’s oral health. The following FAQs from University Parkway Animal Hospital in Jackson provide greater insight into the importance of caring for your pet’s teeth.
Do Pets Have the Same Dental Problems as People?
In some ways, pets face similar dental issues as people in that they’re susceptible to broken or discolored teeth, swollen gums, abscesses, and gum disease. Whereas people are at greater risk of developing tooth decay, your pets’ greatest risk is developing periodontal disease. Periodontal disease in your kit or pup can cause tooth loss and lead to heart, kidney, and liver problems.
What Are the Signs of Dental Problems in My Pet?
Bad breath, tooth discoloration, swollen or bleeding gums, and excess drooling are telltale signs your pet has dental problems. Your pet may have trouble chewing due to painful abscesses in his mouth or loose teeth. If you notice these or other signs of pain and discomfort, bring your pet to our animal hospital for a vet checkup.
How Often Should My Pet Have a Dental Exam and Cleaning?
We recommend all pets have an annual dental exam and cleaning to preserve the health of their teeth. Senior pets or those with a history of dental problems may need to be seen more often by our veterinary experts.
What Does a Pet Dental Exam and Cleaning Entail?
Our veterinarian will thoroughly inspect your pet’s teeth and gums for irregularities or signs of periodontal disease. If needed, we’ll take dental x-rays to inspect the root of your pet’s teeth. We’ll then clean and polish your pet’s teeth, removing plaque and tartar, particularly under the gum line where periodontal disease is more likely to start.
Our exams and cleaning are done while your pet is under anesthesia, so he doesn’t suffer discomfort or pain. Sedating your pet makes it easier for our veterinarian to conduct a thorough inspection of his teeth and gums. If we discover dental issues that need addressing, we will contact you to recommend treatment.
What Can I Do to Improve My Pet’s Oral Health at Home?
There are toys and treats you can buy for your pet to help reduce plaque buildup. Some types of pet foods and water additives also help control plaque. You should also brush your pet’s teeth with specially formulated pet toothpaste at least several times a week to keep them healthy and clean.
See Your Jackson Vet for Pet Dental Care
For quality pet dental care to preserve your pet’s oral health, contact University Parkway Animal Hospital in Jackson at 731-661-0711. We look forward to meeting all your pet’s veterinary needs.