Dental Care Services for Pets
You wouldn’t go months without cleaning your teeth. In the same way, your pets shouldn’t endure that kind of treatment. Without proper dental care pets can experience great discomfort and pain which may lead to various illnesses. To protect your pets from periodontal (gum) disease and tooth decay, you should practice good oral hygiene at home and bring them in for dental cleanings once every year.
What is periodontal disease?
Each time your pet eats, bacteria is left behind in their mouth. When the bacteria combines with saliva it forms a sticky film known as plaque over your loyal companion’s teeth. If their teeth aren’t brushed regularly, the bacteria multiplies. To fight the bacteria, enzymes are released but they affect the gum tissue. At this stage your cherished pet is in constant pain. This results in inflamed or bleeding gums and possible tooth loss.
What are signs of dental problems in pets?
Signs of periodontal disease are usually visible especially if the problems are advanced. By regularly brushing your pet’s teeth and checking their mouths you are able to spot any problems they may be experiencing. Some signs of dental problems to look out for in your pet are:
These signs are very telling and your pet may be experiencing pain. To schedule an appointment for your pet call us at 403.936.4571.
How can I improve my pet’s oral health?
1. Brush their teeth regularly. It will definitely be challenging at first, but once it becomes routine it’ll be easier. Our team will demonstrate the proper technique to follow when brushing your furry friend’s teeth. Ask your veterinarian to recommend a pet toothpaste and toothbrush for your pet’s dental care. Never use a human toothbrush or toothpaste as it will damage their mouth.
2. Give your pet toys that are soft on their teeth. Hard toys such as tennis balls, cow hooves and real bones are too hard for them to chew on.
3. Give your pet treats or supplements that clean their teeth as they chew. Ask our veterinarians to recommend treats that will improve their oral health.