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Maintaining Your Pet's Dental Health

Doggy breath and cat breath may seem like something you have to deal with to have a pet, but that’s not necessarily true. You can combat bad breath by following a few simple pet dental health tips from our veterinarians at Friendly Animal Hospital in Huntington Beach.

Brush Your Pet’s Teeth

Your pet’s teeth should be brushed just like a human’s. Some people suggest you brush daily while others think every couple of days or once a week is sufficient. The more you can brush your pet’s teeth, the more likely you are to prevent dental issues.

Pets aren’t always fond of brushing, but you can change this by buying toothpaste specifically designed for your pet. You can get dog toothpaste in flavors such as chicken or peanut butter, making them more interested in getting their teeth clean. Human toothpaste contains ingredients that are harmful to pets, so make sure to only use toothpaste made for pets.

Use Treats Strategically

You can also buy treats that are made specifically for dental care. The treats work to get rid of plaque and freshen breath, and your pet is none the wiser.

Watch for Signs of Dental Disease

You want to do your best to prevent trouble, but sometimes things happen no matter how hard you try. That is why it is important to keep an eye out for signs of dental disease, including the following:

  • Red, inflamed, or bleeding gums
  • Yellowish-brown tartar
  • Bad breath
  • Drooling more than usual
  • Disinterest in eating or overall changes in eating habits
  • Trouble keeping food in the mouth
  • Discomfort while chewing

Furthermore, you might notice your pet rubbing or pawing at its mouth or rubbing its mouth against hard objects. This might be an attempt to relieve itching, burning, or pain.

Keep Your Veterinary Appointments

Our veterinarians know how to spot potential issues before they become a reality. This is one of the many reasons you should be sure your pet attends each veterinary appointment. Our veterinarians can perform a professional teeth cleaning regularly to help prevent dental issues.

Contact Friendly Animal Hospital in Huntington Beach, CA

Don’t wait until it is too late. Dental issues can lead to more serious issues elsewhere in your pet’s body. Maintaining your pet’s dental health is essential to keeping your furry friend happy and healthy for years to come. Call our team today at (714) 845-5722 or reach us through our website by using our online contact form.

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