Keeping with our theme this month of good oral hygiene and dental care for your pets, we decided to write a little bit about the importance of dental cleaning. Before we get to cleaning though, let's quickly cover what leads to tartar build-up and eventually dental disease. The following factors can contribute to dental disease in your dog or cat:
Age: Dental disease becomes more common as your pet get's older
Breed: Some breeds have teeth that are overcrowded making it more difficult to keep teeth and gums clean.
Food: Wet or sticky food can lead to a more rapid buildup of plaque.
If your pet has developed tartar, it's time to consider a dental cleaning. We offer state of the art dental cleanings that include full mouth dental radiographs. If you haven't had your dog or cat in to see a professional for their cleaning, please consider doing so with us.
Our annual dental cleanings for dogs and cats include:
If you suspect that your pet has more serious issues with gingivitis, consult your veterinarian. There are many treatment options centered around diet that can positively impact your pet's dental health.
Make a dental cleaning appointment for your pet today!
Dental disease for dogs is much more common than people usually realize.
In fact, problems usually start with the simple buildup of sticky plaque that hardens to form tartar. If not removed, this can lead to gingivitis, a painful condition of inflamed gums, and eventually periodontal disease (disease of the gums) may develop. When this develops, dogs may lose teeth and be prone to infections that may affect other organs in the body. In fact, research shows that at around the age of 2, over 80% of dogs have some sign of dental disease.
What causes dental disease?
Plaque, a colorless film on your dog's teeth, is the perpetrator of bad breath and gum disease. Because he doesn't brush his teeth like you do, this plaque can cause tartar buildup. The result is swelling, redness and inflammation of the gums - otherwise known as gingivitis. If not checked, your dog can develop periodontal disease, which destroys the gums and tissue that support his teeth.
The condition is serious, but don't worry, dental disease is preventable and treatable in most dogs. Ask your veterinarian for a complete oral checkup for your dog and schedule regular dental cleanings
How can I avoid dental disease for my dog?
The best way to help your dog avoid developing dental disease is to care for them in much the same way you care for yourself.
1. Feed them a healthy diet (click here to learn more about NUTRITION)
2. Start a home dental care routine
3. Get your dog's professional dental cleaning done yearly
With Halloween just around the corner, and the holiday season fast approaching, we thought it would be a good idea to talk about how to keep your pet's teeth in tip-top shape.
Here are 3 dental tips to keep your dog or cat healthy.
Dental Tip #1
Get your pet's professional dental cleaning (prophylaxis) done yearly.
Feed your dog normal dry food. When your dog eats the dry food, the scraping motion against the teeth cleans them as well. Feed your cat mostly wet food, but remember to consult with your veterinarian if you have questions or concerns about your cat's weight.
Dental Tip #3
We strongly recommend at home dental care daily or at least 4-5 times weekly starting as puppies/kittens, but it's NEVER too late to start. We offer many options for home dental care including chews, oral rinse, and tooth brushing materials that are entirely safe for pets and proven to slow to progression of dental disease.