Dental care is important for pets, just as it is for people. Maintaining good oral health allows pets to get good nutrition, avoid discomfort, and maintain their general health. At South Federal Animal Hospital in Fort Lauderdale, we provide several dental care services for pets. Let’s look at some of the common questions that we run into regarding pet dental care.
Why Is Pet Dental Hygiene So Important?
Healthy teeth and gums allow pets to eat normally, so they can get the full amount of nutrition they need for good health. In addition, bacteria that stick to teeth can migrate to other organs of the body through the bloodstream, which can lead to inflammation and disease. During annual checkups, the veterinarian will examine your pet’s teeth to detect excess tartar buildup and any obvious problems that may need attention.
What Happens During Pet Teeth Cleaning Procedures?
The teeth cleaning procedure is similar to the one performed by your dentist when you go in for your annual cleaning. However, because animals are unlikely to sit still for the handling of their mouths, they are given an anesthetic, which allows them to sleep during the procedure. It also allows your veterinarian to perform and tooth-by-tooth inspection and perform full-mouth dental radiographs to assess for gum disease and bone loss.
Is Teeth Cleaning Safe for My Pet?
Today’s anesthetics for veterinary procedures are carefully tested for safety. They wear off quickly, so your pet can resume normal activities soon after cleaning.
Should I Brush My Pet’s Teeth?
Regular brushing helps preserve pets’ teeth, just as it does your own teeth. It’s best to start when the animal is young, so they become used to the handling and taste of the toothpaste. However, some dogs and cats strongly object to having their mouths handled. In these cases, offering one of the dental chews that are available on the market can help to remove tartar from your pet’s teeth.
How Often Should I Brush My Pet’s Teeth?
Brushing daily or every other day is the best schedule for keeping your pet’s teeth clean.
Choose South Federal Animal Hospital for Your Pet’s Dental Care
Our veterinarians and staff at South Federal Animal Hospital are committed to providing quality dental care for each of our patients in Fort Lauderdale, FL. We offer a range of veterinary services, including vaccinations, surgery, parasite prevention, surgery, microchipping, and laser therapy. Contact South Federal Animal Hospital by calling our team today at (954) 523-8527 or reach us through our website by using our online contact form.