Pet Dental Health. What you should know
Pet dental health is one of the most important conditions to manage as your furkid ages. Proper management may prevent a wide variety of medical complications caused by poor dental hygiene.
Dental Health: What you as a pet parent can do
Your pet’s dental health is more than shiny pearls, and is linked to good overall health and well-being. There are a number of products available to promote oral hygiene. Always remember to speak with your veterinarian about which option is best for your pet:
- Kyron’s Pet Dent Finger Brush and toothpaste will allow you to brush your pet’s teeth thereby preventing possible dental health problems such as gingivitis and infected teeth.
- Denta-Deli Twisties removes plaque and tartar, maintaining oral hygiene.
- Pet Dent fresh breath oral rinse helps reduce plaque build-up and may be considered as an alternative for pets who do not tolerate brushing.
Cleaning your pet’s teeth can be a tricky process.Therefore, start a cleaning regimen at the early stages of life. The suggested cleaning routine should be once to twice per week.
A yearly visit to your vet is highly recommended for evaluation of your pet’s dental health. Signs that your pet may be suffering from dental health problems may include:
- Reluctance to chew
- Swallowing food whole when eating
- Chewing on one side of the mouth only
- Bleeding gums
- Bad breath
- Spitting food out
Your veterinarian may recommend a professional cleaning once per year. However, this will dependent on the severity of dental disease in your pet and how it affects their overall health.
I have a senior pet, should they still have their teeth cleaned?
Dental health is especially important for the ageing pet. Professional teeth cleaning does however involve putting your furkid under anaesthetic. And, this will always carry a certain amount of risk.
Senior pets, or pets with medical complications, may have precautionary evaluations performed prior to proceeding with a professional teeth cleaning. This may, for example, include a full blood count to ensure anaesthetic administration is safe for your fur kid.
Post professional cleaning: What to expect
A basic teeth cleaning should allow your pet to continue with their daily activities and eating regimen almost immediately. However, if your furkid needed stitches, pain management may be necessary. Your veterinarian may prescribe an anti-inflammatory and antibiotic for the first few days post dental clean and will advise on food intake during the recovery process.
Managing your pet’s dental health throughout their lifespan may aid in preventing oral disease as well as bacterial overgrowth and infections. It is never too late, or too early, for a dental health evaluation by your veterinarian.