Pet Dental Care
Pet dental care nowadays is a veterinary speciality in its own right. Just about anything
your dentist or orthodontist can do for your teeth, a veterinary dentist can do for your
However, there is a lot you can do to help your pet maintain good pet dental care(i.e. a healthy set of gnashers) without
having to break the bank.It is also very important that you pay attention to your pet's dental
health because it is an area that, if neglected, can lead not only to the obvious
dental problems, but also indirectly to a range of non-dental
The thing to remember here is that, without your help, most pets (and we are talking primarily
cats and dogs here) will start developing dental related problems before they are 2 years old.
This has a lot to do with their diet and, in many cases, suburban lifestyle (i.e. they don't
get to do much "hunting, shooting and fishing"!).
The developing dental problems immediately put an extra load on
, and consequently tend to shift the pet health pendulum away from "healthy" towards "unhealthy".
So what can you do to help maintain good pet dental health?
1) Check your pet's teeth regularly (e.g.monthly) so that deviations from the
can be spotted early and dealt with before a major problem develops. The added advantage
of this is that the pet gets used to you handling it's mouth area.
2) Feed a dry kibble diet. These types of diet are more abrasive on the teeth than
tinned foods or home prepared diets, and tend to keep the teeth clean for longer periods.
of your pet's teeth using a pet specific toothpaste from when they are young.
This will prevent or at least delay the onset of periodontal disease.
4) Make sure your pet has a yearly veterinary dental check up and that cleaning and scaling is
undertaken on a regular basis.(This procedure has to be undertaken under anaesthetic)
Dental care for
is essential for these animals to enjoy a good quality of life.
Pet dental care
like so many other aspects of pet health, is the responsibility of the pet owner!