Dental Care

Regular brushing and routine cleanings can help prevent gum disease. Contact us for more details.

Dental care is often neglected in our furry friends. It is estimated that gum disease is the number one illness in cats and dogs. Just like humans your cherished pets need proper dental care to stay healthy and live happy lives. The early signs of dental disease are easily missed which makes it even more important to practice good dental hygiene.

My pet has bad breath, is this a sign of dental problems?

Yes! Bad breath is a sign of poor dental health and possible health problems. You shouldn’t always expect your pets to have minty fresh breath, but foul breath is a sign of dental issues. Other signs you can look for include:

  • Chewing on one side only
  • Red or bleeding gums
  • Bloody saliva
  • Lumps or bumps in the mouth
  • Loose or broken teeth
  • Unwilling to be touched or petted on the head

It is important to remember that with pets, especially dogs, their first instinct is to hide their pain. These signs are often noticed when your pet’s dental problem is advanced and they are in pain. You should schedule an appointment to have your pet examined. Call us at 905-727-3003.

How can I take care of my pet’s oral health?

There are various ways to improve and maintain good oral health in your pets. As a general guideline you should treat your pet’s dental care the same way you treat your own. To maintain a healthy mouth for your pet you should:

  1. Examine their mouths. When checking your pet’s mouth look for signs of oral disease.
  2. Regularly brush their teeth. Cleaning your pet’s teeth prevents tartar buildup which leads to gum disease. When brushing your loyal companion’s teeth you must only use toothpaste and a toothbrush made specifically for them. Using a human toothbrush can damage your pet’s gums and teeth. Ask your veterinarian for recommendations.
  3. Schedule annual oral exams. Oral exams give your pets the opportunity to be examined by a professional, we provide dental X-rays and routine dental cleanings which are done under anesthesia.
  4. Select good quality foods for your pet. Some foods can prevent plaque from hardening and scrub your pet’s teeth as they chew. Our veterinarians can recommend foods and treats that can be beneficial to your pet’s oral health.
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