Your pet is not supposed to have such bad breath. Bad breath is a sign of bad teeth and gums. Pets need regular dental cleanings or they can develop periodontal disease which leads to tooth loss. If left untreated, bacteria from plaque in the gums can cause problems for your pet’s heart, liver, and kidneys. Dr. Smith at VetCalls wants all pet owners in and around Santa Maria, Arroyo Grande, San Luis Obispo, and Nipomo to understand the importance of proper pet dental care.
Signs of Dental Problems in Pets
Tooth pain, tooth infections, infected gums, and other dental problems make dogs and cats miserable. These pets may lose their appetites, lose weight, eat with their heads tilted, drop food more often than usual, have bad breath, become less active, and are more prone to hiding. After a dog or cat gets their tooth pain fixed, they will often become more active and outgoing.
If you cannot brush your pet’s teeth, or if your pet’s teeth are so bad that they need immediate attention, a professional dental cleaning by our veterinarian is the best solution. Your pet will have to go under anesthesia for the process. Your pet may also need x-rays to pinpoint what areas need to be addressed and if any teeth need to be removed.
Brushing Your Pet’s Teeth
Dogs and cats benefit from having their teeth brushed regularly. It takes time to get your dog or cat used to having its teeth brushed. You can use toothbrushes designed for pets, dental wipes, or special cots that slip over one finger, which can make it easier to hold onto your pet. Special dental treats can also help you protect your furry friend’s dental health.
Pet Rodents and Rabbits
The teeth of rodents and rabbits grow throughout your pet’s life. They do not need brushing but do need to chew on plenty of hard foods to wear down the teeth evenly. Rabbits and rodents are prone to developing overgrown teeth. If the teeth are not clipped by a veterinarian, then the pet will not be able to eat properly.
Never use toothpaste meant for people on your pet’s teeth. Human toothpaste can make your pet very sick. Only use toothpaste that is designed for pets.
Broken teeth often cause considerable pain and should be treated as a medical emergency, especially if there is bleeding. Contact your vet or an emergency vet immediately.
Contact VetCalls for Pet Dental Care and More
If you have questions about your pet’s dental care or it has been a while since your pet’s last checkup, contact Dr. Smith at VetCalls. We provide quality in-home veterinary care for pet owners in and around Santa Maria, Arroyo Grande, San Luis Obispo, and Nipomo, CA. Call our team today at (805) 623-6990 or reach us through our website by using our online contact form.