Pets make up the list of some of our favorite friends. We spend the most time with them indoors or even take them out for a walk on a lovely day. We know that you love your furry friends and want to keep them healthy and happy. One of the health concerns that is often overlooked when it comes to pets is pet dental care. At Oakes, Edgeley and Ellendale Veterinary Services, we value your pet’s health. Our veterinarians have gathered some of the common questions that we encounter regarding pet dental care.
What is a Pet Dental Disease?
A pet dental disease refers to all of the health problems that might affect your pet’s teeth, gums, and other parts of the mouth. Disease-causing organisms may cause inflammation of your pets’ gums and weaken the teeth. Sometimes, you may not be able to tell what is affecting your pets’ teeth or gums by looking at them. Therefore, it is important to take your pet for exams at least once a year.
What Causes Pet Dental Diseases?
Most pet dental diseases are caused by bacteria that accumulate in your pets’ oral cavity due to poor cleaning. As a pet owner, it is important to regularly clean your pets’ teeth to protect them from periodontal diseases. Pets that chew hard objects may also damage their teeth. Broken teeth put your pet at a higher risk of getting periodontal disease.
Can I Clean my Pet’s Teeth at Home?
Cleaning your pets’ teeth at home is much easier with the availability of pet-friendly toothpaste. Pet toothpaste comes in different flavors such as beef and fish. All you need to do is get one that your pet loves. No matter the situation, you should avoid using human toothpaste to brush your pets’ teeth. Also, get a toothbrush that is specially made for pets. This will provide a better experience throughout the cleaning process.
How often Should I have my Pet’s Teeth Cleaned?
Your pet does not dental care as often as you do. At least brush your pets’ teeth once or twice per week to remove disease-causing bacteria from the surface. There are also specially designed dental care treats to help keep your pet’s smile healthy for years to come.
Pet Dental Care in Edgeley, Ellendale, & Oakes, ND
Does your pet have any dental problems? Oakes, Edgeley and Ellendale Veterinary Services has an experienced veterinary care staff who will treat any existing dental issues and help prevent new ones from occurring. We offer routine pet exams and treatments as well as emergency pet care services. Call us today at (701) 742-2486 to schedule an appointment with one of our veterinarians.