Pet Dental Health Month

Did you know that February is Pet Dental Health Month? Dental issues are just as painful for pets as they are for people. Your furry pal, however, doesn’t have the option of picking up the phone to make a dentist appointment. Read on as an Oshawa, ON vet talks about pet dental health.

Dogs

Did you know that over 80 percent of adult dogs have some form of gum disease? This is quite concerning, because gum disease can contribute to some major medical issues, like heart disease. Abscesses; chipped, broken, or infected teeth; and misalignments can also trouble Man’s Best Friend. Have your pup’s teeth examined at least once a year. As for home care, brushing is the best way to keep your canine buddy’s choppers healthy. Dental formula treats, kibble, and chews can also help. Last but not least, make sure that Fido always has plenty of fresh water and suitable chew toys.

Cats

Kitties can also suffer from some very painful dental issues, such as tooth resorption and stomatitis, which is a very painful inflammation of the mouth. You may not have much luck brushing Fluffy’s teeth, but you can help keep her choppers healthy by offering her good food and plenty of fresh water. As with dogs, cats should also have their teeth examined at least once a year. At home, watch for potential signs of illness, such as hiding, poor grooming, uncharacteristic behavior, or reduced appetite. These can be indicative of several health issues, so contact your vet as soon as you notice anything unusual.

Pocket Pets

Smaller pets, like hamsters, Guinea pigs, and bunnies, also have some specific dental care needs. These tiny furballs have open-rooted teeth, which means their choppers never stop growing. In the wild, these little guys would wear their teeth down on tough roots and plants. Your house pet will likely eat a much softer diet, so you’ll need to provide plenty of suitable chew toys for your furry buddy to nibble on. Grass hay is also important for many pocket pets. Before letting your cute pet out to play, you’ll also need to do some petproofing. Remove or secure small items, sharp objects, toxic plants, plastic bags and wrappers, chemicals, and medicine. Ask your vet for more information.

Please contact us, your Oshawa, ON animal clinic, anytime. We will provide your pet with excellent veterinary care!