Why Dental Hygiene is Important For Pets

Caring for your pet’s teeth is important for their health. If you notice your dog or cat is in need of pet dental care, contact The Brentwood Animal Hospital in Pensacola to meet with our veterinarian for an assessment. Here is some information about dental hygiene including how our vet can assist with the care of your pet’s teeth.

Why Dental Hygiene Is Necessary

Failing to care for your pet’s teeth can lead to health risks. Your pet may break a tooth and suffer from cuts in the interior portion of their mouth. They may also find it difficult to eat without pain, possibly leading to weight loss and fatigue. A bacterial infection could quickly lead to other medical difficulties, like gingivitis or periodontal disease, that require intervention. Tooth loss may become a problem. A pet without dental hygiene help may suffer from bad breath as well.

How To Care For Teeth At Home

At home, you can take the time to clean your pet’s teeth to remove bacteria from their surfaces. This is done with a toothbrush and meat-flavored toothpaste made especially for cats and dogs. Many animals like the taste of the paste and will become accustomed to the procedure. Gently brush a few teeth and increase the number during subsequent sessions. Our vet can help with teeth cleaning if needed.

What Our Veterinarian Can Do

If you notice your pet has trouble eating, seems to be in pain, or shows signs of a problem with their teeth or gums, contact our veterinarian for help. Our vet will take a look at your pet’s teeth closely to determine the cause of difficulty and will recommend an appropriate treatment to remedy the situation. Our vet can provide tooth-pulling or surgical procedures if necessary. They are also available to clean your pet’s teeth if needed.

Call The Brentwood Animal Hospital

Give The Brentwood Animal Hospital in Pensacola a call if your pet requires assistance with dental care. Reach out to our practice by calling us at 850-434-2646 to make an appointment for an evaluation of your pet’s teeth.