Pet Dental Care FAQs
Do you brush your cat or dog every day? If not, you are putting your pet's oral health in danger. Regrettably, most pet owners don't pay much attention to their' pets' gums and teeth, resulting in gum disease, tooth loss, and oral pain. At Parkway Animal Hospital, we emphasize preventive health care, and that's why we want you to take care of your pet's dental health. If you don't know where to start, keep reading to learn a thing or two about pet dental care.
What are the signs of poor pet dental health?
How can you tell that your pet has poor dental health? It doesn't take you to be an experienced animal doctor to notice that your pet's oral health is neglected. If you spot the following symptoms, it means your pet has poor oral health:
- Bad breath
- Bleeding gums
- Inability to chew
- Red or swollen gums
- Darkened teeth
- Tooth loss
- Receding gums
How can I take care of my pet's dental health?
Optimal dental care in your pet is a result of two things — what you do at home with brushing, and what we do in our animal hospital with dental exams. Consider the following tips for taking care of your pet’s dental health:
- Brushing teeth: Brush your pet every day with a gentle brush and pet-friendly toothpaste. Brushing eliminates plaque and tartar, which causes gum disease. Brushing also removes food particles that may attract bacteria that erode teeth.
- Proper diet: Consult with our vet to give your pet a proper diet that encourages healthy teeth and gums. Ultimately, consider calcium-rich foods. Also, consider pet-friendly chews to discourage plaque formation.
- Dental cleanings: While you do a good job with pet oral care, you need the help of a vet to access hard-to-reach areas of your pet's mouth to remove all tartar and plaque buildup. Besides, during cleanings, our veterinarian looks for signs of cavities, misaligned teeth, gum disease, and other oral challenges to start treatment early.
What are the benefits of pet dental care?
Why should you take care of your pet's oral health? There are several reasons to take the utmost care of your pet's dental health. Pet dental care:
- Prevents gum disease
- Averts tooth loss
- Eliminates bad breath
- Saves you costly dental treatments
- Protects your pet's overall health
Schedule an Appointment with Our Veterinarian for Pet Dental Care in Grand Prairie, TX
Looking for a trusted veterinarian in Grand Prairie, TX? You can't go wrong with Parkway Animal Hospital. We provide numerous pet care services, including dental care, laser surgery, microchipping, and other services. Call us today at (972) 263-7277 for more information or to schedule an appointment with our veterinarian.