When you adopt a pet, it is up to you to make sure that they are happy and healthy. This means taking them to the vet every year for wellness checks and making sure that they are up-to-date with their vaccinations. It is also essential that you care for their teeth properly. If you are new to pet ownership, there are a few things that our staff at Animal Hospital of Loves Park thinks you should know about pet dental care.
Q: Why Is a Pet's Oral Health So Important?
A: There are a few reasons that your pet's oral health is essential. First, if your pet's oral health is neglected, it can result in bad breath. Also, if your pet's teeth begin to decay, it can cause pain while eating. In severe cases, tooth loss can occur. Finally, if your pet develops gum disease, the bacteria can travel through his bloodstream, causing serious complications with his heart.
Q: Will My Pet Need Anesthesia For a Teeth Cleaning?
A: The best way for your pet to get thorough teeth cleaning is for the veterinarian to use anesthesia. This worries many pet owners. If your pet is going for teeth cleaning and the vet recommends anesthesia, you can rest assured that your pet will be safe. While under anesthesia, he will be closely monitored to be sure that nothing goes wrong.
Q: How Often Does My Pet Need To Have His Teeth Professionally Cleaned?
A: Most vets recommend that pets have their teeth cleaned every six months to a year. If you take good care of your pet's teeth at home, you won't need to take him as often.
Q: How Do I Care For My Pet's Teeth At Home?
A: To care for your pet's teeth, you should brush them. You can use either a baby toothbrush or a toothbrush designed for pets. You can also find pet toothpaste in your local pet supply store. Most veterinarians recommend that you brush your pet's teeth three times a week.
Q: My Pet Won't Let Me Brush His Teeth. What Should I Do?
A: Many pets don't like having their teeth brushed. If your pet is uncooperative, there are other alternatives that might work better. Giving your pet dental bones will help scrape the plaque and tartar from his teeth. These bones will also freshen his breath. You can also try dental wipes. They are easier to use than a toothbrush, and they can remove the plaque and tartar on his teeth. Dental care solutions are added to your pet's water. The solution contains chlorine dioxide, which kills bacteria.
Schedule an Appointment Today!
To schedule a pet dental exam and cleaning, contact Animal Hospital of Loves Park in Loves Park, IL. Our veterinarian can clean the plaque and tartar from your pet's teeth. We can also give you some tips so that you can care for your pet's oral health at home. Call us at 815-986-4445 to schedule an appointment today!