Being a responsible animal owner means doing everything you can to keep your furry friend happy and healthy. This includes ensuring that they receive appropriate dental care throughout their lives. The vast majority of dogs and cats who do not receive regular dental care experience periodontal disease by the time they are three years old. And when left untreated, the consequences can be dire.
February is Pet Dental Health Awareness Month, and here at Valley Lyons Veterinary Hospital, we’d like to take this opportunity to share some tips for caring for your pet’s teeth.
Brush Their Teeth Regularly
In between appointments with a pet dentist in Santa Clarita, it is important to brush your pet’s teeth at home. Using a toothbrush and toothpaste designed for pets, you can safely remove plaque from their teeth and prevent the development of tartar. Brushing regularly also makes it easier for you to inspect your pet’s teeth and watch out for signs of trouble. If you’ve never brushed an animal’s teeth before, your vet can teach you how to do it.
Give Them Dental Treats
Dental treats come in a wide range of sizes, shapes, and flavors. They’re all designed to do one thing, though: improve pets’ dental health. They aren’t a substitute for brushing and professional dental care, but they do help eliminate plaque and freshen pets’ breath. Just be sure to choose products that are appropriately sized for your pet and manufactured by a trusted brand.
Schedule Annual Appointments with a Pet Dentist in Santa Clarita
Most pets should see a pet dentist in Santa Clarita at least once each year. During your pet’s annual exam, we will thoroughly examine and clean their teeth while they are under anesthesia. We will also address any problems we may find at this time. Sedation dentistry is safe and allows us to provide the level of high-quality oral care that your furry friend deserves.
To learn more or to schedule an appointment for pet dental care, please reach out to us today.