Dental care is an essential component of your pet’s overall health and well-being. At Aliso Beach Animal Clinic in Laguna Beach, we provide quality dental care along with a wide variety of veterinary services. Our veterinarians have gathered a few questions that we run into regarding dental care for our furry friends.
Will a Dental Cleaning Improve My Pet’s Bad Breath?
Routine cleanings can significantly improve your pet's stinky breath, but it is not a permanent fix. It is also important to regularly brush your pets' teeth to prevent plaque and tartar buildup.
What Can I Do at Home to Support My Pet’s Dental Health?
Professional support coupled with at-home techniques is a winning combination for good oral health for your pet. In addition to annual office visits, you should do the following:
- Brush your dog's teeth every 48-72 hours.
- Use flavored toothpaste to make it easier to brush your pet's teeth.
- Start brushing with a finger until your pet is acclimated, and then move to a toothbrush.
- Consider dog chews and other dental aids to keep your pet's teeth clean.
- Never use human toothpaste or dental products for your pet.
How Common are Dental Problems in Pets?
A large percent of animals will suffer from periodontal disease at some point in their life. It is an uncomfortable condition that leads to tooth loss, bacteria in the blood, and can damage several vital organs. Routine checkups from a veterinarian can help prevent dental issues from developing.
How Do I Know If My Pet Needs Dental Care?
Red and bloody gums are usually the first noticeable signs that your pet needs dental care. Your pet may also be reluctant to bite down or adjust its biting behavior to reduce the pain. Consult with one of our veterinarians about identifying and treating your pet’s dental conditions.
Does My Pet Need Anesthesia to Have Its Teeth Cleaned?
Cleaning your dog's teeth would not be possible without anesthesia. Think about the process of getting your teeth clean. You must remain still for a long time while someone is scraping your teeth. Pets cannot remain completely still during this process. Also, pets cannot understand the process and they are likely to fidget or squirm if they are awake.
Get Quality Dental Care for Your Pet in Laguna Beach, CA
If you are looking for a veterinarian in Laguna Beach, our team at Aliso Beach Animal Clinic is here to answer any questions that you may have about your pet's dental care. Call our team today at (949) 499-4190 or reach us through our website by using our online contact form.