If you want to keep your pet healthy, then it’s important to pay attention to their dental hygiene. While most of us know how critical it is to visit the dentist every six months ourselves, it’s easy to forget that your pet’s teeth need to be cared for as well. After all, poor dental hygiene can easily lead to other, more serious medical problems. Fortunately, creating a dental hygiene routine for your pet is easier than you might think. Here’s what you need to know.
Schedule regular dental cleanings for your pet.
Whether you have a cat or a dog, it’s critical that your pet’s teeth are being cleaned annually by a professional. During the cleaning, your vet will check to make sure that your pet’s oral hygiene is in excellent condition. They will then clean your pet’s teeth in order to remove plaque and tartar. From time to time, your vet may have X-rays taken of your pet’s teeth and gums.
Look for warning signs of dental issues.
You can complement your pet’s dental cleanings by doing regular inspections at home. You don’t have to spend a lot of time doing this—you can simply get in the habit of checking your pet’s teeth on a regular basis. For example, if your pet has chronic bad breath, is drooling too much, or seems reluctant to eat, then a dental problem could be the cause. If that’s the case, then take your pet to the vet right away.
Brush your pet’s teeth at home.
It may sound like a major undertaking, but brushing your pet’s teeth regularly can be a simple part of your pet’s dental hygiene routine. Make sure to buy a toothbrush and toothpaste that have been specially designed for your cat or dog’s teeth. You should start off slow and give your pet time to get used to the new procedure. You may want to ask your vet to demonstrate the proper way to brush before you attempt it yourself.
An alternative to brushing.
What to do if your pet says “no” to brushing! Dental wipes are a helpful alternative to at-home-brushing that many pet parents have found great success with. Safe for cats and dogs, these wipes help to remove plaque and odor-causing bacteria. Oftentimes easier to use, it’s important to remember these are not a substitute for regular professional dental cleanings.
If you are concerned about your pet’s dental health, then it’s time to schedule a professional cleaning at Encanto Pet Clinic. Regular checkups and cleanings are the best way to ensure that your pet’s oral hygiene continues to be excellent. Give us a call today at 520-881-3221.