Pet Dentistry Matters
Imagine losing the ability to lose your hands or most of your functions in using them. This is what happens when a cat or dog loses their teeth. Unlike humans, who regularly depend on their hands for most tool work and abilities involving tactile activities, animals most of the time rely on their mouth. Paws are mainly for travel, defense, digging, or grabbing. When a dog or cat loses their teeth due to poor dental hygiene, they are effectively becoming helpless in the animal world.
What Is Pet Dentistry?
Similar to humans, animals give off very bad breath when something is wrong inside the mouth. Dental decay, rot and bad cavities contribute strongly to bad breath, which becomes pronounced as the animal breathes heavily, especially with dogs. Animal breath is one of the basic wellness checks performed by a veterinarian. Most animals lose their teeth to periodontal disease, where gum disease allows the teeth to rot, and eventually fall out or get pulled out when trying to chew something hard. In severe cases, a visit to an animal hospital or vet to repair the damage may be needed.
Possible Dental Care at Home
Pet owners can easily help with pet dentistry by simply getting their pets used to toothbrushing at home. This frees up plaque, avoids buildup, and removes large pieces of food stuck between the teeth. Admittedly, it works better with dogs than with cats. Many owners who regularly brush their pet’s teeth start at a young age, so the animal gets used to the treatment and doesn’t resist. However, pet owners should never use regular toothpaste with a pet due to its toxicity. Instead, pet-specific toothpaste is available, as well as tasty, which helps your pet tolerate the treatment.
Alternatively, tooth wipes are available, which allow basic action against a pet’s teeth to break up and remove trapped food or plaque. While not as effective, they still work for basic dental cleaning. Finally, there are dental treats and chew toys that mainly dogs eat to clean their teeth without knowing it.
Receive Professional Cleaning Treatment
Ultimately, a thorough, annual vet dental checkup and cleaning is best. A veterinarian can apply a full mouth treatment that includes both cleaning out between the teeth and the gums and hard to reach areas. This removes the most stubborn form of plaque and helps preserve the teeth longer. At Hunstville Animal Clinic, pet owners can schedule regular dental treatments with our team, helping preserve pets' teeth and avoid premature dental loss. Contact us at our Huntsville AL clinic by calling (256) 534-5581. You won't be disappointed, and your pet will appreciate their clean teeth!