Pet Dental Care FAQs

Pets naturally develop foul breath for the same reasons that humans do. Having food trapped in their teeth or developing gum disease can generate not only a foul odor but also pain for your pet. At Whitemud Crossing Animal Hospital, our veterinarian in Edmonton, AB, emphasizes the importance of routine dental care for pets, and these are a few of the most common questions they encounter from new patients. 

Pet Dental Care FAQs

How Does Dental Care Affect Pet Wellness?

The most obvious benefit of regular pet dental care is that your favorite animal won’t develop tooth and gum conditions that cause them pain. If you’ve ever had a cavity, then you can only imagine how your pet might feel, and they don’t have the advantage of telling you that they need a pain reliever. Good dental care also helps your pet to retain their teeth so that they can eat and drink properly. 

How Often Do I Need to Plan for Pet Dental Care?

For optimal pet wellness, your dog or cat should undergo a full dental exam at least once a year. They may need to have exams more often as they age or if they develop a dental health issue. During the exam, your pet may also have a cleaning or other treatments that help to keep their teeth and gums healthy. 

How Do You Help With Pet Dental Hygiene at Home?

A major part of your pet’s exam will involve talking to you about how you can maintain the results of teeth cleaning at home. Most pets can tolerate toothbrushing, but you might need to practice it by only doing a tooth at a time in the beginning. Starting oral hygiene care early in your pet’s life helps them to transition to accepting your hands near their mouth better. Your pet’s vet can recommend toothpaste that is designed for pets. Dental chews and hard foods are also helpful for removing plaque that you can’t brush off at home. 

Help Your Pet Maintain Their Dental Health

Unlike you, your pet can’t just call up a dentist whenever they feel like they need an exam or cleaning. But, they do have you to help them keep their adorable canines. Give our Veterinarian in Edmonton, AB at Whitemud Crossing Animal Hospital a call to plan for your pet’s exam today.


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