Pet Dental Care FAQs
Your pet’s dental care is just as important as any other aspect of his health. At Oak Valley Animal Hospital in Beaumont, CA, your pet can receive regular, quality dental care. These FAQs from our veterinarian explain more about the importance of pet dental care.
Are dental problems common in pets?
Like people, dogs and cats are at risk of developing dental issues that can impair their overall health. Periodontal disease can weaken your pet’s teeth and cause tooth loss. If the disease spreads to your pet’s bloodstream, it can damage his kidneys, heart, and liver, too. Pets are also susceptible to dental issues like abscesses, bleeding gums, broken teeth, and loose teeth.
How do I know my pet has dental issues?
There are signs to look out for to determine if your pet is suffering from dental problems. These include:
- Difficulty chewing or swallowing
- Loss of appetite
- Bleeding or swollen gums
- Swollen jaw
- Your pet constantly rubbing his face with his paw
At the first sign of these symptoms, contact our Beaumont, CA, vet for a dental checkup and treatment.
How often does my pet need professional cleaning?
This can vary from pet to pet, depending on your pet’s overall health, diet, and oral home care. In general, pets should have a dental exam annually. At that time, our vet will let you know if it’s time for a professional cleaning.
Is it really necessary to sedate my pet for teeth cleaning?
In order to examine and clean your pet’s teeth under the gum line, where periodontal disease starts, it’s necessary to sedate your pet so he remains still during the procedure. Sedating your pet also saves him from pain and discomfort during oral treatments. A professional cleaning also involves scaling your pet’s teeth to remove plaque and tartar and then polishing your pet’s teeth.
Will brushing my pet’s teeth at home improve his oral health?
Home care plays an important role in your pet’s oral health. Oral home care includes brushing your pet’s teeth several times a week and buying treats and chew toys that help prevent plaque buildup on your pet’s teeth.
Should I see a vet near me for pet dental care?
Working with a local vet will enable you to get regular oral health care for your kit or pup. Routine dental visits give you and your pet a chance to establish a good rapport with your vet.
See Our Beaumont, CA, Vet for Pet Dental Care
For quality dental care services for your beloved pet, contact Oak Valley Animal Hospital, your “vet near me” in Beaumont, CA, at 951-381-1230 today. We’re here to meet all your pet care needs.