The Basics of Pet Dental Care

Did you know that cats and dogs are susceptible to dental health issues like cavities, periodontal disease, and plaque buildup? Therefore, comprehensive veterinary care in Katy, TX should include pet dentistry services. Dog and cat teeth need special care to stay strong and healthy, and All Pets Animal Hospital & 24 Hour Emergency Care can provide the dental services your pet needs. 

What kind of dental care does your pet need?

Dental care for cats and dogs takes place both at the veterinary clinic and at home. Here’s a closer look at the types of dental care you should include in your pet care plan. 

  • Dental Checkups – Dental checkups are part of an annual veterinary exam. Your veterinarian will look at your cat or dog’s teeth and gums to check for visual signs of tooth decay, gum disease, and damaged teeth. They may also ask questions about your pet’s diet and eating/chewing habits to assess whether your pet may be in pain or struggling with hidden dental issues. 
  • At Home Care – Just like with humans, good dental care starts at home for pets. Products like oral chews, pet-safe toothpaste, enzymatic chews and food additives, and prescription diets can prevent oral health issues in cats and dogs. Your veterinarian can show you how to brush your pet’s teeth and recommend other dental care products for them to use. 
  • Specialized Dental Care – Your pet may need specialized dental care with preventive cleanings performed under sedation to remove plaque and tartar buildup. Pets with existing dental problems may require digital X-rays, oral surgery, and tooth extraction. 

When should your pet have their teeth cleaned?

Different pet breeds will have unique dental health needs. For example, small dog breeds are more vulnerable to dental problems. Your veterinarian can outline the appropriate timeline and frequency of dental cleanings for your pet. Most pets will benefit from annual cleanings starting at age 3. 

Here at All Pets Animal Hospital & 24 Hour Emergency Care, we provide pet dentistry services for cats and dogs in Katy, TX. Call us to schedule your pet’s dental care at (281) 392-7387. 

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