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Pet Dental Health Care Tips

February is Pet Dental Health Month! Dental issues are just as painful and problematic for people as they are for pets. However, many people inadvertently overlook this crucial aspect of pet care. Read on as a Folsom, CA vet discusses keeping your pet’s mouth healthy.

Symptoms

Your pet can’t tell you about their toothache, so it’s important to watch for symptoms. Each type of animal has their own unique symptoms. However, there are some that are more or less universal. Bad breath, for instance, is often a sign of dental issues in pets. Bleeding gums, facial swelling, visible tartar buildup, and drool are also common red flags. Pets with dental issues may take longer eating, start preferring softer food, or chew on one side of their mouths. You may also notice grumpiness and/or a lack of interest in play. If you notice any of these symptoms in your four-legged buddy, contact your vet immediately.

Pet Dental Health Care

Keeping your furry friend’s teeth healthy is very important! How you go about this will depend on what type of pet you have. For dogs and cats, brushing is at the top of the list of recommendations. With both Fluffy and Fido, you’ll want to start slow, by simply rubbing your fuzzy buddy’s teeth and gums. Next, you can start using a finger toothbrush or pet toothbrush and pet toothpaste. Just doing one section of your pet’s mouth a day is fine. If you can’t get your fuzzy pal to cooperate, ask your vet about using dental-formula treats, kibble, or chews. Oral rinses are another option.

Pocket Pets

Dental issues can be happen with any pet, but they are particularly common with smaller animals, such as bunnies, gerbils, hamsters, and Guinea pigs. These little guys all have open-rooted teeth, which means that their teeth never stop growing. You’ll need to provide your pint-sized pal with plenty of grass hay, such as Timothy hay, as well as safe, suitable chew toys. Fortunately, keeping your pet’s toy box full doesn’t have to be expensive. You can make lots of cute chew toys out of cardboard, paper, and even certain wood items. You’ll find great DIY ideas online. Ask your vet for more information.

Do you have questions about caring for your pet’s teeth? Please reach out to us, your Folsom, CA vet clinic, anytime. We are happy to help!

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