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Dental Care For Your Pets – What You Need To Know

Just like visits to the vet, dental cleanings should be part of routine pet care. Cleanings help catch or prevent conditions of the gums and the bones that hold the teeth in place, called periodontal diseases. If left untreated, these diseases can damage your furry friend’s internal organs, not just his mouth. Dental disease is one of the most common diseases diagnosed by vets. One of the most frequently asked questions at veterinary animal clinics is: Do I need to brush my cat or dogs teeth?

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Why You Need To Brush Your Cat Or Dog’s Teeth

The simple answer to this question is that brushing your furry friend’s teeth helps prevent dental disease. Tartar protects bacteria and creates a rough surface that is easier for food to stick to. At this stage, the body’s reaction kicks in, often leading to inflammation of gums or gingivitis, soft tissue damage, abscesses, infection and even bone loss.

Preventing Plaque Build Up

The objective is to forestall plaque build-up where possible since tartar is difficult to remove without a dental scale and polish. There is nothing else that eliminates plaque and prevents build-up as well as brushing does; so, it is necessary. Contact our veterinary animal clinic when you need to get your pet’s teeth polished.

Dental Disease Can Be Devastating

Pets experiencing dental disease are in a great deal of pain (pets don’t show pain as people do, so it might require some time for pet parents to even see there is an issue). Often the agony can be so severe that pets quit eating altogether. Sadly, dental infection when caught late and if it has progressed, has minimal solutions that can relieve or fix it. For this reason regular vet check-ups can help identify and address these issues early on before they become irreversible.

How To Brush Your Pet’s Teeth

It’s not an easy task to brush your furry friend’s teeth. If you start as early as possible, it will be easier to begin a routine and get the hang of it. 

  1. Sit behind your pet, with their face looking away from you. Lift the lip with one hand and use the toothbrush with the other hand.
  2. Use a good quality pet toothbrush that is suitable for your pet and their breed. Also, use pet toothpaste that you can purchase at our veterinary clinic.
  3. Don’t forget to focus on the teeth at the back of the mouth as well.

Let’s work together to care for your pet! Call (604) 859-6322 for an appointment with our Abbotsford veterinary clinic for a pet dental exam.