5 Facts You Need to Know to Protect Your Pets Oral Health

Protecting your pet’s oral health is paramount to securing his or her overall wellness. Unfortunately, many people forget that their pets need a daily dental care routine.


The Need for Oral Care for Pets

Pets and their parents treasure play and snuggle time. It’s all fun and games until the pet opens its mouth. Many pets have a stinky breath that is a big turnoff. People dismiss it for normal “doggy breath,” but could be more serious than that. It could be a sign of poor dental hygiene.


Most pets don’t get their teeth brushed regularly. Imagine the irritating plague you get when you fail to brush in a day. Then, imagine that going on and stocking up for several years. That is how many pets live. You can’t blame them if their breath stinks. Dental infections may also be inevitable if you don't brush their teeth regularly.


Dental hygiene is as critical for pets as it is for humans. Here are five facts you should know about protecting your pet’s health.


1. Dental Care Is an Everyday Affair


Your pet’s dental health needs caring every day. Luckily, brushing teeth with a toothbrush is not the only teeth-cleaning option. There’s also a specially designed dental wipe for pets that you can use to wipe the plague off the pet’s teeth. Some types of treats and kibble are also designed to help scrape off the plaque from the animal’s teeth as it feeds. So, even if the pet refuses to open its mouth, you don’t have an excuse for not tending to its dental hygiene.


For an easier time brushing your pet’s teeth, train it in its infancy. It’s hard to force a grown dog to open its mouth and patiently wait as you brush. Most people buy or adopt their pets as adults or near adults. If your dog won’t let you brush its teeth, opt for the cleaning treats and offer them every day. The vet may also customize an alternative cleaning method.


2. Dental Diseases Come About Early in the Pet’s Life


Dental diseases and infections attack pets early in life. By the time a pet is of three years of age, most dogs and cats have had some form of dental disease. Common signs of dental disease or infection include bad breath, swollen red gums, and a buildup of yellow tartar on the teeth. Dental diseases need an early diagnosis because, if left untreated, they may cause inflammation and chronic pain. They reduce the quality of life for your canine or feline.


3. Get Rid of the Bones


Most pet owners occasionally offer bones to their pets to help clean their teeth. They hope that the bones’ sharp edges will scrape off the plaque from the animals’ teeth. But, all that bones are good for is breaking your pet’s teeth. So, avoid the bones and opt for safer cleaning methods.


4. Inspect the Pet’s Mouth Regularly


Your play and snuggle time is now not just for fun. Take the opportunity to look through your pet’s mouth. Do you feel a hint of bad breath? Are its teeth or gums discolored? Are the gums swollen? Does the pet only chew on one side? If you notice these signs, let your vet know as soon as possible. They could be signs of dental disease.


5. Dental Cleaning at the Vet’s Helps


Despite working on your pet’s dental hygiene daily, it’s important to schedule an appointment with the vet for a proper dental cleaning. The vet puts your pet under anesthesia and uses specialized equipment to clean the animal’s whole mouth. He or she also checks for infections and treats them. The anesthesia makes it easier to do a thorough job seeing that some animals cannot hold still.


Your pet’s dental hygiene is a critical factor in ensuring its overall health and wellness. It also makes bonding and playing with your pet easier. Schedule dental cleanings at the Circle of Life Animal Hospital in Tampa, Florida. You can call (813) 850-0600 to request an appointment. We offer exceptional veterinary care tailored to your pet’s needs.

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