If you’re like most people, you take the time to brush your teeth twice a day. But when it comes to your pet’s teeth, it’s often a very different story. Bad oral health is one of the leading causes of health problems in pets and can lead to several life-threatening diseases. To improve your pet’s oral health, make an appointment at your veterinary hospital and talk to your veterinarian about proper home care.
Teeth Cleaning at Your Veterinary Hospital: A thorough dental exam and teeth cleaning by your veterinarian is the first step to good oral health. During the exam, the vet will eliminate all the plaque and tartar buildup in your pet’s mouth and check for signs of periodontal disease. After this exam, your veterinarian can talk to you about the best steps to begin at-home pet dental care.
At-Home Dental Care: Like people, pets need their teeth brushed on a regular basis. You should use special pet toothpaste and a finger brush or pet toothbrush. You can get these items from your veterinarian or at your local pet store. Talk to your vet about how to get your companion used to a thorough and frequent brushing routine.
Food, Treats, and Toys: There are many fun and delicious ways your pets can enjoy a treat while cleaning its teeth. When you’re at your veterinary hospital for your dental exam, talk to your vet about getting a food that promotes oral health. Certain cat treats and dog treats and toys are also great ways to reward your pet while also promoting good oral health.
If you haven’t had your pet’s teeth checked recently, schedule an appointment at your San Diego veterinary hospital today. At ABC Veterinary Group, we offer friendly, loving care combined with state-of-the-art technology and treatment options. To schedule an oral health exam for your pet, call us today at (858) 278-1825.