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Why Your Pet Needs Dental Care

Why Your Pet Needs Dental Care

Have you ever thought about your dog or cat's teeth before? It may sound silly but their teeth need care just like ours! Although they might not eat candy or sweets (which can cause cavities for us) they can still have dental issues that are preventable. Pets can end up with gingivitis, cavities. plaque build up, and even periodontists if left untreated.  

It is recommended that you brush your dog's teeth everyday, but if that isn't feasible to you, be ready to pay for more intense yearly deep cleanings on your pet's mouth. There are signs that your dog may need to be seen sooner than once a year for his oral health such as the following:

Bad breath - We may joke about how some dogs just have bad breath from what they ate in the woods but it can be a serious sign that something is going on in your dog's mouth. It could range from a symptom of an internal issue, or a build up of bacteria in their mouth. Whatever the case, your vet will be able to help address this and prevent it in the future.

Your pet pulling their mouth away or not liking it being touched - If this behavior is new for your pet it could be due to a dental issue. Toothaches can cause a lot of pain and your pet might not like their mouth being touched if this is the case. If your pet regularly lets you touch this area, and all of a sudden isn't a fan of it, there could be a toothache, abscess, or  exposed root that's causing them pain. 

There are many ways you can help these issues or prevent them, the main one being yearly cleanings under anesthesia. putting your pet under can be scary and overwhelming but is very safe and the outcome is very beneficial for your pet. When your pet is under anesthesia your vet can remove much more amounts of plaque and gingivitis that can't be seen under the gum line. Your pet is not scared this way and makes the whole process much more enjoyable for your furry family member. 

Another way to help prevent this build up is brushing your pet's teeth. Although daily might not seem feasible, you can aim for several times a week if that seems more manageable. Don't brush your pet's teeth with humane toothpaste as it can contain danger ingredients to pets. Your local pet store should be able to help your find some four legged toothpaste. Investing in some toys that are made to clean your pet's teeth can help as well! Here's a list of good options to look at with your pet in mind. 

Now that you're armed with your new dental dog knowledge it's time to get flossing! Remember, if you ever have questions or concerns about your pet's health or starting a new activity, always check with your vet beforehand.

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