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Pet Dental Health Care

February is an important month here in the veterinary care world: it’s Pet Dental Health Month. This is one area of pet care that sometimes even the most loving pet owners often overlook. A London, ON vet offers tips on keeping your pet’s choppers clean in this article.

Common Issues

Pets can develop some very painful dental issues, such as abscesses, infections, and cracked teeth. Gum disease is also a very common issue with our furry pals. While gum disease may not sound serious at first, it’s actually quite dangerous. The infection can spread to your pet’s vital organs, and can play a factor in some very serious health issues, such as heart disease and kidney problems.

Symptoms

The signs of dental issues can vary from pet to pet, but there are some common ones to look for. Bad breath is one of them. If your fuzzy friend has stinky kisses, he or she probably needs their teeth checked. Other warning signs include bloody, ropy, or excessive drool; tartar buildup; and swelling. Pets with dental issues may dribble food, take longer eating, chew on one side of their mouth, or start avoiding hard food. You may also see some behavioral issues, such as grumpiness, withdrawal, and reduced interest in play.

Home Care

Taking care of your pet’s teeth may be much easier than you think. Brushing is the top option here. There’s a bit of training involved, but nothing too crazy. Just start by rubbing your pet’s gums and teeth with your finger. Then, add a bit of flavored pet toothpaste. You can wrap your finger in gauze, or use a finger toothbrush. The next step is to incorporate a pet toothbrush. It’s worth noting that you don’t have to do your pet’s entire mouth every day. Rotating through one section at a time is fine! If you can’t get your furry buddy to cooperate, ask your vet for recommendations on other pet dental products. Oral rinses, dental-formula treats, kibble, and chews, and dental sticks can also be beneficial.

Veterinary Care

In addition to home care, you’ll want to get your pet’s teeth examined by a vet regularly. If you notice any of the symptoms listed above, call your vet right away.

Please do not hesitate to contact us, your London, ON vet clinic, for all of your pet’s veterinary care needs. We’re here to help!

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