Dogs and cats require upkeep for their teeth and gums just like people do. Failure to tend to your pet's teeth can lead to discomfort, bacteria build-up, and potential tooth loss. If your pet is currently dealing with a dental issue, or if you need assistance cleaning your pet's teeth properly, contact Fort Hunt Animal Hospital to meet with our veterinarian in Alexandria. Here is some information about the importance of pet dental care, how to clean your pet's teeth, and what happens when you bring your cat or dog to our animal hospital to meet with our pet doctor.
Why Dental Care Is Important in Pets
If your pet's teeth are not cared for, bacteria will build up on them, turning into plaque. If this continues to occur, that plaque will harden into tartar, which is more difficult to remove. If this tartar remains in place, it will eventually make its way underneath the gums, causing problems with the roots of your pet's teeth. This will first be noticed as reddening and inflammation of the gums. Later, affected teeth will fall out if they are compromised by the bacteria in your pet's mouth. Routine teeth cleaning sessions will reduce the chance of a problem and will allow you to notice any changes in your pet's teeth so you can make an appointment with our veterinarian in Alexandria if needed.
How to Clean Your Pet's Teeth
To effectively clean a dog or cat's teeth, a pet toothbrush and toothpaste are necessary. These items are easily obtainable at pet supply stores. Simply dab a bit of the paste on the brush and do your best to swipe it upon a tooth or two when your pet is resting comfortably. If your pet allows you to continue, do so. Most pets will be wary of the procedure and will only allow for a few teeth to be brushed at a time. After they have a few sessions, however, they may allow for a few more teeth to be accessed.
What Our Veterinarian Will Do to Help
If you are unable to clean your pet's teeth on your own, or if you notice your pet has a broken tooth or another dental issue during a cleaning session, our vet can help. An evaluation of your pet's dental condition is conducted and treatment is provided if necessary. Our vet will scale your pet's teeth to remove debris and show you proper brushing techniques as well.
Contact Fort Hunt Animal Hospital to make an appointment with our veterinarian if your dog or cat requires pet dental care. Call us today at 703-360-6100 to find out more about the services we provide.