Oral Hygiene for Your Pet
Dental care is not only important for you but also for your furry best friend too! Taking care of your pet’s oral hygiene is absolutely necessary.
Pet dentistry plays a major role in your dog or cat’s overall health and happiness. Just like their physical health, you have to look after their teeth and gums as well.
The team of veterinarians at our Toronto animal clinic provides comprehensive animal care. We are proud to offer dental cleanings for all cats and dogs.
When do adult teeth come in?
Your pets also lose their baby teeth! Animals develop their adult teeth more quickly than humans.
- Dogs grow a total of about 42 adult teeth. This happens by the age of 7 months.
- Cats grow a total of about 30 adult teeth. This happens by 6 months of age.
Your animal companion’s teeth are similar to your own. They need the same kind of love and daily care.
- Daily dental brushing. This will keep your pet’s teeth healthy and strong.
- Appropriate diet and play. Consult with our Toronto animal clinic on what kinds of food, chew toys and treats are good for your dog or cat.
A routine visit to the veterinarian should include oral care. Just like your smile, your animal’s teeth require professional maintenance.
- Cleanings. Regular cleaning at home removes plaque buildup which will eventually turn to tartar. A more comprehensive cleaning will likely include anaesthesia, a deeper cleaning and polishing so your animal can be comfortable.
- Abnormal growth. Your veterinarian will be able to see if your dog or cat’s teeth are developing properly.
- Screen for disease. Dental exams are a great way to prevent dental abnormalities and illness.
Signs of Dental Disease
There are different kinds of dental disease your pet may suffer from. It is important to keep a close eye on your dog or cat. Here are some signs to look out for:
- Poor breath
- Discoloured teeth
- Bleeding gums or teeth
- Difficulty chewing or swallowing
- Your pet moves away from you when you touch their face
- Excessive drooling
- Weight loss
Forms of Dental Disease
Every pet is different. Some are more susceptible to certain dental disease or oral problems than others.
- Gingivitis. An accumulation of plaque can lead to gingivitis in both cats and dogs.
- Tooth decay. A lack of brushing can lead to tartar buildup, tooth abscesses, and more.
- Periodontal disease. Animals can suffer from gum and bone disease just like humans. In cats, tooth resorption is quite common and painful.
We hope this guide helps you understand thorough pet care and animal dentistry.
Since 1993, the Brimley-Lawrence Animal Clinic has served the areas of Toronto, Ajax, Scarborough and Markham. If you are interested in dental cleanings for your dog or cat, contact us today!