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Dental Care

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Will my pet really benefit from dental care?

Contrary to popular belief, dogs and cats greatly benefit from proper dental care.  They are just as prone to cavities, gingivitis, and dental disease as humans are.

  • What could happen if my pet's teeth aren't cared for properly?

Because the mouth is such an excellent source of blood to the rest of the body, dental disease is believed to be a major link to diseases of other organs, such as kidney, liver, and heart disease.

  • What can I do to care for my pet's teeth?

You can provide proper at home care such as weekly brushings, get yearly dental check ups from the veterinarian, and have occasional proffessional cleanings depending on the severity of their dental condition.

  • My pet will NEVER let me brush his teeth! How can I ever get him to cooperate?

You can start brushing your pet's teeth by slowly progressing what you do.  First, get your pet used to someone touching their mouth by rubbing luke warm water on their gums.  After a few days of this, you can start to add some toothpaste (found at the veterinarian) on your finger and rub it gently on their teeth.  At this point, some pets will actually let you use a toothbrush and "brush" their teeth, just like ours.  Brushing once a week is prime, but even brushing a few times a month can help your pet fight off cavities, gingivitis, and dental disease. 

  • Is there anything else I can do besides brushing to help my pet's teeth?

Oral care treats are available at the veterinarian that help remove plague from your pet's teeth.  Chews also help and are available at the grocery store.  Greenies, the new treat available at Animal House, are very delicious and greatly help with plaque. 

 

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