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Your pet’s teeth and oral cavity are prone to disease just as your own teeth are.
Your pets oral health can be effected by diseases such as:
Signs of gum disease:
Do not wait for these signs before starting a program of preventative dental care. Many of these diseases can be prevented or controlled if proper oral health care is started at a young age and continued throughout the life of your pet.
Plaque-forming bacteria colonize on the teeth and lead to tartar and calculus buildup causing periodontal disease.
Buildup of large numbers of bacteria on the teeth have been linked to infections of the upper respiratory tract, tonsillitis, pneumonia and even heart disease. A combination of home dental care and veterinary dental care is needed to maintain your pets oral health.
Home Dental Care - This consist of a proper diet and routine cleaning of your pet’s teeth.
Dry foods are the diet of choice for most pets. There are several prescription diet dog and cat foods available to reduce tarter and calculus formation on the animal’s teeth. At Mobile Animal Clinic, we carry Royal Canin Dental K-9 and Feline prescription diet food. The kibble texture and shape promotes a gentle effect on teeth during chewing to support a reduction in plaque. It can be a welcome addition to your home dental care program.
Treats - Dry biscuits, rawhide bones and nylabones can be used for dogs to encourage chewing which reduces tartar and calculus formation.
Routine cleaning of your pet’s teeth should include daily, or at the least, weekly, brushing to remove plaque. Most animals can be trained to accept tooth brushing. You should select a quiet place and be gentle and patient. It may take time to get your pet used to the idea, but the benefits are numerous. We recommend that you use a soft-bristled, toothbrush. For animals that won’t accept a toothbrush try wrapping a small piece of gauze around your finger. Because human toothpaste can upset an animal’s stomach we recommend that you use a toothpaste made especially for your pet. Apply a small amount of toothpaste to the toothbrush, or gauze, and gently brush the outer surfaces of the teeth. You can do this without even opening your pet’s mouth. The inside surfaces of the teeth are usually cleaned fairly well by the tongue, however, some animals will need the inside surfaces brushed as well as the outer surfaces.
Professional Dental Care
Regular veterinary dental exams are an important part of monitoring your home dental care program. Upon oral examination we may recommend that your pet’s teeth be professionally cleaned. This may include an anesthetic, scaling and polishing of teeth, and possibly restorative dentistry. It may be necessary to schedule professional dental cleaning every six months, depending on your pet’s oral health.
Your pet’s teeth are important to its health and well being. Proper dental care will help your pet have healthy teeth and gums throughout its entire life.
For more information or to schedule an appointment,
please call us at 333-3847