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Posted on 03-02-2017
As responsible pet owners, we immediately take our furry friends to the veterinarian when there is a health issue, but how many of us realize that just like people, pets need regular dental care as well? Did you know that almost 80% of pets struggle with some level of periodontal disease? This can often cause pain and even organ damage if left untreated. Unfortunately, dental care is one of the things that pet owners sometimes overlook with their pet wellness care.
Dr. Ignacio Tan and the caring team at Edmonton South Animal Hospital knows that pet veterinary dental care is an important part of puppy and kitten health and should start when they are young. In fact, dental issues can lead to major health issues in the future if your pet’s dental health is not regularly addressed by your veterinarian. Cats and dogs can experience serious health issues including bladder, lung, and kidney damage if their dental needs are neglected.
Our Edmonton South Veterinary Animal Hospital recommends annual cleanings for your pet to help reduce the build-up of tartar and plaque. Our knowledgeable and caring team at Edmonton South Animal Hospital can explain the benefits of proper pet dental care and perform a thorough dental exam to make sure your dog or cat is healthy.
Proper, routine dental care begins at home as part of your regular kitten and puppy care and should be performed as part of pet senior care as well. Purchase a pet toothbrush and toothpaste to brush your pet’s teeth at least once a week. Our Edmonton South Animal Hospital team can help you select the proper dental care products for your pet, including meat flavored toothpaste that your pet will enjoy.
Also, be sure to have plenty of bones and chew toys on hand to help keep your pet’s teeth clean. Chewing bones, rawhides, and other such treats/toys promotes clean and healthy teeth. There are also a variety of special foods and treats that are helpful in keeping the teeth and gums healthy. Look for products that offer tarter control because they are formulated specially to help reduce tartar on your dog or cat’s teeth.
Know the importance of routine dental care for your dog or cat. Our veterinary team is always available to discuss your pet’s dental issues and offer advice to ensure your furry friend has optimal dental health.
Contact our veterinary animal hospital to have your pet’s teeth, mouth, and gums checked so we can recommend a dental care plan which may include a professional cleaning if necessary and be sure to ask about our new client specials. You can reach us at (780) 989-5595 to schedule a convenient time or request an appointment online here.
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