As is the case with humans, good dental hygiene is an important part of keeping your pet healthy over the years. Our Owings Mills veterinarian at TLC for Pets can help you keep up with pet dental care.
Why Is Pet Dental Care Important?
Most of us think about the color of our teeth when we assess our dental health, but that's far from the only thing that matters. Dental hygiene has an impact on the body's overall health, including the heart. This is true with dental hygiene in pets as well. If you want to keep bacteria out of your pets’ mouths and keep them healthy, dental care is essential.
Making sure your pets have strong teeth and healthy gums is important. Pet food is considerably harder than most of the food we eat, so it's important to make sure your pets have the tools they need to eat a healthy diet.
Pet Dental Exams
As a pet owner, you should be bringing your pet in for a dental exam at least once every year, although a cleaning every six months isn't a bad idea. Just like with humans, these cleanings help get rid of the built-up plaque and tartar that can't be easily removed, so it's an important supplement to home cleanings. Speaking of, you should be brushing your pet's teeth on a regular basis at home. You can find toothbrushes for dogs and cats as well as flavored toothpaste that makes it easier to get the job done. Ideally, you should brush your pet's teeth once or twice a day.
What to Expect
Taking your pet in for their first dental exam can be a little overwhelming, so it's important to understand what to expect. A dental cleaning only takes about 45 minutes to an hour, during which time your pet will be under anesthesia. The process is quick and painless, and your pet won't feel any nasty side effects upon waking up.
If you want to minimize the need for dental cleanings and make things easier for our Reisterstown veterinarian, supplement daily brushing with dental chews, which can help clean and strengthen your dog or cat's teeth in between cleanings.
Schedule a Cleaning
Taking care of your pets is a tough job, but it's one you have to do as a pet owner. Fortunately, regular dental cleanings are one of the simpler forms of pet care. If you have a dog or cat that needs its teeth cleaned, call TLC for Pets to schedule an appointment with our veterinarian today.