Dogs and cats are not as prone to cavities as humans are, but they can experience many of the other common dental problems that people do. Just as in people, dental health is an important part of remaining healthy overall for pets. Here at Best Friends Veterinary Hospital, our veterinarians can help you ensure that proper pet dental care is provided for your furry companion.
Periodontal disease is common in dogs and cats, with most animals over the age of three displaying some level of the condition. Other problems that may develop include broken or cracked teeth, abscesses, and cysts. Dental conditions can be painful and have effects on kidneys and heart.
The number one thing that you can do for your pet’s dental health is brush his or her teeth. Using a soft toothbrush designed for pets and a toothpaste made for dogs or cats, introduce your pet to the idea slowly so that they get used to you rubbing his or her teeth. Proper brushing improves pet dental health significantly and reduces the need for cleanings.
The majority of issues in your pet’s mouth are likely to be under the gum line. For this reason, pet dental cleanings require anesthesia so that your veterinarian can take radiographs (x-rays) of your pet’s teeth and provide a thorough cleaning that would be painful if they were awake. Most pets will need regular cleanings. Our veterinarian can discuss what your pet’s specific dental health needs are so that you can make the best choice for them.
Our veterinarians can also make recommendations for dental care products that can help keep plaque and tartar at bay. There are many dental products for pets on the market, not all of which are effective. Toothpaste, chew bones, water additives, and more are available, and our veterinarian can help you sort through them all and choose safe, effective options.
Here in Crossville, our veterinarians at Best Friends Veterinary Hospital provide pet dental care for dogs and cats of all types. Your pets should have regular screenings of their teeth, usually during their annual exam, but be sure to make an appointment sooner if you notice signs of a problem.