Caring for your pet's dental needs is just as necessary as tending to other parts of their body. If your pet does not receive routine care of their teeth, the possibility for pet dental disease increases. Pets with dental problems require a trip to Venetian Pet Hospital in Stockton to have an assessment conducted by our veterinarian. Here are some frequently asked questions pertaining to pet dental disease and how veterinary care can help.
What Happens If A Pet's Teeth Aren't Cleaned?
Your cat or dog requires routine cleanings of their teeth to remove any plaque buildup that accumulates on their surfaces. The plaque will harden in time, turning into tartar. This substance tends to embed itself under the gums. If this happens, gingivitis, and eventually periodontal disease, occurs. These conditions cause pain and discomfort. Swelling and bleeding of the gums, difficulty eating without pain, and tooth loss are all possible if dental disease settles in.
How Can You Clean A Pet's Teeth At Home?
You can attempt to clean off your pet's teeth in the comfort of your home. Some pets will get used to this process in time, while others shy away from it completely. If your pet does not take to the process favorably, bring them to our veterinarian for routine cleanings instead. To try cleaning your pet's teeth, invest in a brush and paste made especially for cats or dogs. Gently rub the paste over your pet's teeth using the brush. Dental wipes are also available to whisk away bacteria from the surfaces of teeth. Another way to boost your pet's dental health is by offering them treats made especially to thwart tartar buildup.
What Will Our Veterinarian Do For Your Pet's Teeth?
Our veterinarian will assist with the cleaning of your pet's teeth if necessary. They have the proper tools to do the job efficiently without harming your pet in any way during the process. It is best to have your pet come to our practice yearly for routine examinations. During this time, our vet will assess the condition of your dog or cat's teeth and make recommendations regarding treatment if any medical problems are found. Our veterinary team is also available to handle dental emergencies when needed. This includes broken teeth, jaw misalignment, and infections in the mouth.
Schedule an Appointment Today!
If you have further questions about pet dental disease, or if you want to make an appointment to have your dog or cat's teeth assessed by our veterinarian, reach out to Venetian Pet Hospital in Stockton. We offer convenient hours as well as emergency care when needed. Call our practice today at (209) 477-3926 to find out more about dental disease.