Pet Dental Health Month

Did you know that February is officially Pet Dental Health Month? Of course, if you tell your furry buddy about this, you probably won’t get much of a reaction. Fido may thump his tail in hopes of scoring a treat, while Fluffy will probably just yawn. However, dental health is very important to your pet’s overall well-being. In this article, a Sugar Land, TX vet discusses pet dental care.

Common Dental Issues

All of our animal companions can suffer painful dental issues. Dogs and cats often suffer from misalignments, abscesses, and cracked, broken, or infected teeth. Kitties are also prone to tooth resorption and feline stomatitis, which can be very painful. Smaller animals, such as bunnies and Guinea pigs, have open-rooted teeth, which means their teeth never stop growing, and can also develop dental issues.

Symptoms

While the symptoms of dental issues can vary, depending on what type of pet you have, there are some common ones. Bad breath, crankiness, excessive drooling, and changes in appetite are often indicative of dental issues in pets. Ask your vet for more information.

Dental Care

Dogs and cats should have their teeth examined at least once a year. If you have a reptile, pocket pet, or exotic pet, ask your vet to recommend an appointment schedule. If your pet is showing signs of dental issues, contact your vet immediately. Once the problem has been officially diagnosed, your dentist will be able to discuss treatment. This may range from a simple deep cleaning to an extraction or other options. Keep in mind that your pet’s smile—however cute it is—is not the main concern when it comes to treating dental issues in our furry friends. The focus is on issues that can cause pain or contribute to other health issues.

Home Care

Different types of pets have different dental care needs. Ask your vet for specific recommendations. If you have a dog, you may be advised to brush Fido’s teeth. Dental-formula kibble and treats can also be helpful, for both Fido and Fluffy. For smaller pets, like bunnies or hamsters, suitable chew toys are very important. Last but not least, fresh water is crucial for all of our animal friends.

Do you have questions about your pet’s health or care? Contact us, your Sugar Land, TX animal hospital! We are here to provide your pet with excellent care!