Pet Dental Health

February is Pet Dental Health Month!

Dental hygiene is an important part of taking care of your pets. There are many reasons that you need to pay close attention to your pet’s teeth. Dental hygiene will improve your pet’s quality of life and decrease the risk of tooth loss, bad breath, and infectionsThe best medicine is always prevention when it comes to oral care so here are some tips and tricks for keeping those mouths clean:  

  • Your pet’s mouth will benefit from a good brushing! It’s recommended to brush their teeth at least every other day.  
  • Don’t use human toothpaste on your pets!  Use a pet friendly enzymatic toothpaste and a soft bristled toothbrush or finger brush. 
  • If your pet has issues adjusting to a toothbrush, consider an alternative for their dental health such as dental treats and chews.  Be sure to limit these to once a day to avoid unwanted weight gain and always monitor your pet while they have treats and chews.  
  • Be on the lookout for signs of dental issues.  Please take them to the vet if you notice any of the following:
            • Bad breath 
            • Loose or discolored teeth 
            • Bleeding gums or blood in saliva 
            • Dropping food or reduced appetite 
            • Excessive salivation or chewing on one side of the mouth

Dental cleanings and complete assessments must be done under anesthesia. Avoid dental scams that offer full cleanings without sedation and anesthesia. These anesthesia-free cleanings do not provide a full assessment of the entire mouth.  Cleaning under the gumline is important and cannot be done safely while they are awake. Before your pet has anesthesia, make sure your pet is up to date on bloodwork so that anesthesia can be administered as safely as possible!