February 2019 was Pet Dental Health Month, a reminder to pet owners everywhere of the importance of caring for their pet’s teeth. Oral health is just as important to your feline and canine as it is to you. Regular dental checkups from New Hope Animal Hospital in Durham can protect your pet against painful dental problems that can damage his teeth. Here are a few steps you can take to enhance your pet’s oral care.
Look for Signs of Dental Problems
Bad breath, bleeding gums, loss of appetite and discolored teeth are signs that your dog or cat needs dental care. Dental issues have a way of escalating rapidly so don’t delay in taking your pet for a checkup. The earlier dental problems are uncovered, the easier they are to treat.
Learn to Brush Your Feline or Canine’s Teeth at Home
Home tooth brushing may seem awkward in the beginning but it can help keep your pet’s teeth healthy. Slowly introduce your pup or kit to the toothbrush until he gets used to the idea of brushing. Train him to allow you to brush at least 30 seconds all around. In the beginning, you can reward your pet for good behavior as you get the job done. Be sure to use toothpaste approved for pets.
Buy Dental Toys and Treats
Look for doggie or kitty toys and treats that promote healthy gums and teeth. Products with the “Seal of Acceptance” from the Veterinary Oral Health Council will meet their standards for safety and effectiveness in controlling plaque buildup on your pet’s teeth.
Schedule Annual Teeth Cleaning for Your Pet
Have your dog or cat’s teeth cleaned annually by a qualified vet at New Hope Animal Hospital in Durham. A thorough dental cleaning will remove all plaque and tartar from your pet’s teeth, especially around the gum line, to prevent gingivitis and periodontal disease. We use anesthesia for dental cleanings, so we can do a thorough job without causing your pet pain.
Schedule a Dental Exam at New Hope Animal Hospital
To schedule your pet’s dental exam, contact New Hope Animal Hospital in Durham at 919-490-2000 today.