We all know how important it is to maintain good oral hygiene for ourselves, but what about our furry friends? Just like humans, pets also require regular dental care to ensure they lead happy and healthy lives. In this blog post, we’ll explore the basics of pet dental care, including why it’s essential and how you can help keep your pet’s teeth and gums in excellent condition.
The Importance of Pet Dental Care
Oral health is a crucial aspect of your pet’s overall well-being. Neglecting dental care can lead to various health problems, not just limited to their mouths. Dental issues can affect the heart, liver, and kidneys, and even lead to chronic pain. Regular dental care can help prevent these problems, increase your pet’s lifespan, and improve their quality of life.
Signs of Dental Problems
Recognising the signs of dental issues in your pet is vital. If you notice any of the following symptoms, it’s time to schedule a visit to Kelperland:
- Bad breath (halitosis)
- Difficulty eating or loss of appetite
- Drooling excessively
- Pawing at the mouth or face
- Bleeding gums
- Loose or missing teeth
- Swelling around the mouth or face
- Changes in behavior, such as irritability or withdrawal
Regular Brushing: Brushing your pet’s teeth is the most effective way to prevent dental issues. Start early and make it a positive experience for your pet. Use a pet-specific toothbrush and toothpaste.
Dental Treats and Toys: There are many dental chews, treats, and toys available that can help reduce plaque and tartar buildup. Get in touch and we can recommend a few.
Dental Diets: Specialized dental diets can help reduce plaque and tartar. This can be discussed at Kelperland should you wish for more information.
Regular Vet Check-ups: Our veterinarians can perform dental exams during regular check-ups. We may recommend professional cleanings if necessary.
Avoid Human Toothpaste: Never use human toothpaste on your pets, as it can be toxic to them. Always use toothpaste designed specifically for dogs and cats.
Professional Dental Cleanings
Simon and the team may recommend professional dental cleanings under anesthesia to remove plaque and tartar buildup and to address any hidden dental issues. These cleanings are typically performed annually, but we will tailor the schedule to your pet’s specific needs.
Don’t overlook the importance of pet dental care. By incorporating good dental hygiene practices into your pet’s routine and partnering with Kelperland, you can ensure that your furry friend maintains healthy teeth and gums throughout their life. Regular dental care is a crucial aspect of responsible pet ownership, and it will contribute to a happier, healthier life for your beloved companion.