Managing Home Pet Dental Care
Veterinary Advice on Protecting Your Pet’s Teeth
Pets need clean, healthy teeth and gums just like people do, but your pet cannot take care of his or her own teeth. Fortunately, you can learn how to take matters into your own hands and maintain your pet’s dental hygiene. Here are some pointers to get your started, courtesy of your friends at Central Animal Hospital in Scarsdale.
When you think of your own dental hygiene, brushing probably heads the daily to-do list. Brushing your pet’s teeth is not too different. You can purchase special pet toothbrushes and toothpaste at our hospital. (Do not use toothpaste intended for humans).
Make gentle little circles with the toothbrush, holding it at a 45-degree angle to get at the gum line where bacteria thrive. To acquaint your pet with the procedure, start by opening the lips and rubbing a little pet toothpaste on the teeth. This toothpaste comes in a poultry flavor, so your pet may actually enjoy brushing time!
Proper diet also helps protect the teeth. Dry pet food and hard, crunchy treats help scrub the plaque off of tooth surfaces. We recommend T/D, a specially designed Hill’s product that is formulated to keep your dog’s and cat’s teeth clean and help control the oral bacteria found in plaque. T/D is a complete and balanced food, as well.
When to Call Our Animal Clinic?
Get into the habit of inspecting your pet’s teeth regularly to look for any signs of gum disease. These signs may include damaged teeth, tooth loss, bad breath, or the presence of pus at the gum line. If your pet seems reluctant to eat or to grasp toys with his mouth, then he may be experiencing pain. Our veterinary clinic performs a wide range of dental procedures, so bring your pet to us and we will examine and treat the problem.
Remember, February is Pet Dental Month. Bring your Scarsdale, Westchester or White Plains pet to our animal clinic for a complimentary dental checkup. With a good home hygiene routine, your pet’s chances for a good grade will be a whole lot higher!
Do you use any kind of hard chew toys to keep your pet’s teeth clean? If so, tell us which ones work best!