All month long we’ve been doing a 20% off dental promotion! If you haven’t taken advantage of it yet, you still have time!! We know that dealing with your pet’s teeth can often be difficult, but their oral health is just as important as the rest of their health and needs to be paid attention to. Life is busy and you may not have time to brush your dog or cat’s teeth everyday, but it is important to have a routine in place in order to avoid serious problems from occurring.
Bad breath doesn’t just mean your pet needs a teeth brushing, it could also mean a more serious problem, such as gum disease or rotting teeth. In fact, about 80% of dogs and 70% of cats over the age of three, suffer from some type of serious dental issue that can only be treated by a vet. This is why it is important to bring your pets in at least once a year for a professional cleaning and examination to make sure everything's in tip top shape. In between those cleanings, you can also do a few things to prevent anything in your pets mouth from getting too serious, so that you don’t have to deal with serious vet bills from teeth being extracted or serious infections.
The number one thing you can do for your pet is brush their teeth. While everyday is ideal, it is not always realistic, so try for at least 3 times a week to start. It is also important to start slow. If your pet isn’t used to people being close to their mouths and even sticking their fingers/toothbrushes in there, they probably won’t be very happy with this experience. Offer them the toothpaste first, then start brushing. Go slow and work up to the ideal amount of brushing time instead of trying to go all in at once.
Another factor that can greatly affect your pet’s dental health is the type of food and treats they are eating. If you are interested, we can recommend a kibble that is best for dental health. The treats you give your dog are also important, many are specifically designed for dental and gum health. You must also keep in mind that giving your dogs things, like pigs ears or real bones, can damage their teeth, cut their gums and cause serious digestion problems.
A few common signs that your pet may be having dental issues include:
Pawing or rubbing their mouths
Change in diet
If you suspect that your pet is having dental trouble, or you just want to schedule a teeth cleaning to get a fresh start, please contact us! We have a great team of doctors who are more than happy to help your pet on the path to great teeth! You wouldn’t let yourself go without seeing the dentist so why let your pets!? Call us at (602) 559-5500 or visit us online to make an appointment.