Did you know that February is Pet Dental Health Month? This is definitely a subject we are happy to shed some light on! Your pet’s dental health is very important to their overall health and well-being. Read on as a local North Phoenix, AZ vet offers some tips on caring for your pet’s teeth.
General Warning Signs
While signs of dental problems will vary a bit from pet to pet, there are some common ones to watch for, such as bad breath; bloody, ropy, or excessive drool; visible tartar buildup; swelling; crankiness; and a reduced appetite. Ask your vet for more information.
Doggy Dental Care
Did you know that over 80 percent of adult dogs have gum disease? Fido can also develop several other painful dental issues, such as abscesses and infections, and can crack or break his teeth by chewing on or playing with hard objects. We recommend brushing your canine pal’s choppers regularly. However, if Fido isn’t having it, you can keep his teeth healthy by giving him dental-formula treats, kibble, and chews; suitable chew toys; and plenty of fresh water. Regular doggy dental exams are also important.
Cats can develop the same kinds of dental issues as dogs. They are also prone to tooth resorption and feline stomatitis, which are both very painful dental conditions. Fluffy will definitely benefit from regular brushing, but we do understand that, well, getting a cat to do something they don’t want to do isn’t easy. Ask your vet for recommendations.
Bunnies and Smaller Pets
Smaller animals, like bunnies, Guinea pigs, and hamsters, typically have open-rooted teeth. This means that your furry pal’s choppers will never stop growing. In the wild, animals grind their teeth down on tough stumps and plants, but pets have softer diets. You’ll need to give your tiny furball lots of safe, suitable chew toys in order to prevent painful dental problems.
Since your animal companion can’t tell you if his or her teeth hurt, it’s important for you to watch for signs of trouble. Contact your vet immediately if you notice anything amiss. We also recommend doing lots of research on your pet, so you can get some more specific information on their dental care needs.
Please do not hesitate to contact us, your North Phoenix, AZ pet hospital, for all your pet’s veterinary care needs. We’re here to help!