Taking time to tend to pet dental care needs is every bit as important as the actions you take to maintain the rest of your dog or cat's body. A pet requires routine care of their teeth to keep them in optimal health. Contact El Paso Animal Hospital in Derby to meet with our veterinarian if your dog or cat is suffering from a dental difficulty or if they need assistance with teeth cleaning. Here are some frequently asked questions about dental care in pets to read over so you understand the symptoms of a problem and how veterinary assistance can help.
Why Is It Important To Address Pet Dental Needs?
Pets require routine cleanings of their teeth to keep tartar from building upon their surfaces. This usually occurs when bacteria is not brushed away in a timely manner. If tartar adheres to teeth, it will eventually push up underneath a pet's gum line. This will then lead to gingivitis and periodontal disease. These conditions are painful and could cause tooth loss. Pet's with broken or loose teeth need to see a veterinarian so that removal is done properly, keeping the pet from further discomfort and the potential for difficulty eating.
What Can Our Veterinarian Do For A Pet's Teeth?
During a routine examination, our veterinarian will take a look at your pet's teeth to check for any abnormalities that need to be addressed. Each tooth will be looked at closely for signs of tartar or plaque so it can be scraped away completely during the cleaning portion of the pet dental appointment. If there is a need for a tooth to be pulled, it may be done with local anesthesia during this appointment or a subsequent appointment may be scheduled if general anesthesia is necessary. Our vet will scale away bacteria and tartar from your pet's teeth and provide you with recommendations on cleaning your dog or cat's teeth at home.
How Can A Pet's Teeth Be Cared For Between Vet Visits?
Between vet visits, make it a priority to check your pet's teeth for problems so you can obtain prompt treatment from our veterinarian as needed. Clean your pet's teeth with a pet toothbrush and toothpaste if possible. Most pets will become used to this practice in time. Pet dental wipes are also available to whisk away surface debris from teeth. Pet dental treats are also available to help remove tartar effectively.
Call El Paso Animal Hospital Today!
Contact El Paso Animal Hospital in Derby if your pet requires an examination for a dental problem or if you would like to schedule a cleaning session. Reach out to our practice today by calling us at (316) 788-1000 for further information.