Commonly overlooked, cat and dog dental care is essential to your pet’s wellness routine. Just as human health depends on proper oral hygiene, regular pet dental care keeps your pet feeling good by preventing diseases related to poor pet dental care. Pet owners visiting our veterinarian in Lewisville, TX often have several questions regarding cat and dog dental care for their pets.
Pet Dental FAQs from Our Veterinarian in Lewisville, TX
For your convenience, our veterinarian has answered some of the most frequently asked pet dental questions here. If you have other questions, please contact our office for more information.
Why is dental care important for my pet?
Cat and dog dental care are essential to your pet’s preventative health care. When neglected, your pet’s teeth and gums become a breeding ground for harmful bacteria. If left unchecked, this bacteria can cause painful tooth abscesses and cavities, tooth loss, pain while eating or drinking, periodontal disease, blood infections, and life-threatening liver, kidney, heart, and lung disease. Providing your pet with simple dental care will help to keep him or her healthy and pain-free.
How often should my pet have a dental cleaning?
To keep pets healthy, our veterinarian in Lewisville, TX recommends pets be brought in annually for a professional cleaning and checkup.
What does a dental cleaning entail for a pet?
Our veterinarian and staff use the same dental cleaning tools as your dentist. Using a scaler, we remove any plaque and tartar which has built up on your pet’s teeth, allowing the teeth and gums to remain healthy. We will also polish your pet’s teeth with a high speed polisher to prevent further buildup.
Will my pet experience any pain or discomfort during a checkup?
Our veterinarian and staff will clean and inspect your pet’s teeth with a gentle, loving touch, comforting your pet every step of the way. Our dental cleanings are performed under general anesthesia to eliminate any stress during the appointment. If a more invasive procedure, like a tooth extraction, is necessary, the surgical procedure will also be performed under anesthesia.
What can I do to care for my pet’s teeth?
Our veterinarian recommends at home dental care for all pets. Brushing your pet’s teeth at home with a special dog or cat toothbrush and toothpaste will keep your pet’s teeth free from bacteria in between annual professional cleanings. Brushing pets’ teeth at home will also improve the state of your dog or cat’s breath. We also recommend dental-friendly treats and chew toys designed to remove plaque and tartar from your pet’s teeth. In special cases, our veterinarian might recommend you start your pet on a pet food formulated specifically to promote oral health.
If you have further questions regarding your pet’s dental care, please contact Community Pet Outreach for more information.