It’s only natural to want the very best care for your pet. Loving and loyal, your cat or dog relies on you for companionship, nutritional guidance, daily exercise, and their overall happiness. Although ample playtime and conscientious feeding can contribute to their general wellbeing, your pet needs consistent quality medical care from a vet as well. Many owners realize this and seek annual wellness exams, but even the most dedicated pet parents sometimes know little about dental care.
In this two-part blog series, we’re tackling dental care for your pet in depth. First, we’ll discuss common signs of dental diseases and the benefits of professional cleanings. Then, in our second blog, we’ll cover what you can do to properly care for your pet’s teeth and gums at home. Read on to learn how you can ensure and maintain your pet’s oral health.
Common Signs of Dental Diseases
Much like their human owners, cats and dogs are vulnerable to plaque buildup in their teeth and gums. However, whereas you’d likely brush or floss to combat tartar, your pet can’t prevent this issue on their own. Instead, remnants of food, saliva, and dead cells stay behind in their mouth, creating a thin layer of film across the surface of their tongue. Over time, this film becomes a breeding ground for bacteria, which eventually spreads and can cause gingivitis, among other serious medical conditions.
While your pet can’t tell you if their teeth are in distress, there are a few common signs that you can look for. These include:
- Bad breath
- Broken teeth
- Reduced appetite
- Swelling of the gums
If your cat or dog displays any of these symptoms, they might be at risk for dental diseases and should be assessed by a trusted veterinarian.
The Benefits of Professional Cleanings:
Although special treats or chew toys can help to control your pet’s tartar, these devices typically can’t keep potential dental diseases at bay on their own. To augment these store-bought measures, bring your cat or dog in for regular professional dental cleaning, so they can benefit from more inclusive oral care. At Noah’s Ark, our highly trained and knowledgeable staff will thoroughly examine your pet’s teeth and gums, polish them, apply fluoride, and then offer expert advice for how to manage them at home.
Professional cleanings are essential to your pet’s overall health. Not only do they help your pet live comfortably, but they’re al