An important part of caring for your dogs or cats is providing them with proper pet dental care. If your dogs or cats are dealing with a dental problem, or if they need a teeth cleaning session, contact Crestwood Court Veterinary Clinic in Vancouver to make an appointment with our veterinarian for an exam. Read on to learn the signs of a dental issue, how to provide dental care at home, and what our veterinary clinic can do to keep your pets’ teeth in great condition.
The Signs of a Dental Problem
There are a few signs that indicate your pets are having a dental difficulty. If your pets are not eating as much as they have in the past, they may have pain in their mouths causing them to have trouble during mealtime. If your pets suffer from chronic bad breath, it may signify a decayed tooth that needs to be pulled. Pets that have chronic cuts in the interior of their mouths may have a tooth that has broken. Teeth that appear discolored or encrusted with tartar require an immediate teeth cleaning session to remove bacteria effectively.
How to Provide Pet Dental Care at Home
Take the time to clean your pet's teeth on a regular basis. This will remove plaque, which will eventually turn into tartar if it is left on the surfaces of your pet's teeth. Tartar will harden on the teeth and push its way under the gum line. When this happens, gingivitis usually occurs. If this is left untreated, periodontal disease will follow. This causes tooth loss. Use a pet-friendly toothbrush and meat flavored toothpaste to whisk away debris from your dog or cat's teeth. Your pets may not enjoy the process at first, but in time will get used to the procedure. If your pets do not enjoy the flavor of the paste, switch to another brand. Provide your pets with tartar control treats as well.
What Our Veterinarian Will Do to Help
A trip to our veterinarian is necessary anytime your pet seems to be suffering from a dental problem. Our vet will conduct a full evaluation of your pet's health and will check your pet's teeth in detail. If a tooth needs to be pulled, this can be done in the comfort of our office. Our veterinarian will clean your pets’ teeth and provide you with tips for oral hygiene care between well-visits at our veterinary clinic.
Contact Companion Pet Clinic-Cascade Park in Vancouver to make an appointment for an exam with our veterinarian. Call our office at (360) 209-8050 for more information.