If you are like most people, you understand the importance of your oral health. As a dog owner, you should know that pet dental care is just as important as human dental care. If you are new to owning a pet, you should understand the basics of oral care and consult our veterinarians at El Paso Animal Hospital in Derby if you have questions.
Dangers of Poor Oral Care in Pets
If you don't properly care for your pet's teeth, it can result in a variety of problems ranging from minor to severe. Tartar can build up on your pet's teeth, close to the gum line. If the tartar is not removed, it can result in:
Pawing at the mouth due to pain
Redness and bleeding of the gums
How Can I Keep My Pet's Teeth Clean?
If you want to keep your pet's teeth and gums healthy, there are a few things that you can do.
Brush Their Teeth: You can brush your pet's teeth in the same way you would brush your own. You can use either a child's toothbrush or a finger toothbrush designed for pets. You should never use human toothpaste, but there are pet toothpastes on the market, and they come in flavors that your pet will love.
Treats, Bones, and Kibble: What you feed your pet can actually help clean their teeth. Hard treats and large pieces of kibble will scrape your pet's teeth while they eat, removing the tartar. If you have a kitten, it is important that you start to offer them hard food at around four months old. Soft food won't clean the tartar from their teeth. If you have a dog, they make special bones that are designed to remove the plaque from their teeth.
See Our Veterinary Office for Pet Dental Care
One last thing that you should do to care for your pet's teeth is to make an appointment with El Paso Animal Hospital in Derby. One of our veterinarians can give your pet a proper teeth cleaning. When your pet arrives at our animal hospital, our vet will use anesthesia to sedate your pet while they perform the procedure. When your pet leaves our veterinary clinic, their teeth will be clean, and their breath will smell fresh.
Do you care for your pet’s teeth at home? What methods do you use? Let us know in the comments.