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The Importance of Pet Oral Health

When is the last time you brushed your dog or cat’s teeth? Pet oral health seems to be something that often gets overlooked. However, it is essential to the overall health of your pet.

Just as you go to the dentist regularly to get your teeth cleaned, your pet’s oral health needs the same attention. Veterinarians will often advise that your pet needs a dental cleaning to protect from further oral health problems. This requires your pet to be put under anesthesia and can often be costly.

Poor dental health can lead to more serious problems that impact your pet’s liver, kidneys, and heart; therefore, being proactive to protect your pet can save you from dealing with more significant problems down the road.

Maintenance of Your Pet’s Oral Health
As you know with your own dental health, regular care is essential to the overall health of your teeth and gums. The same is true for your pet’s teeth. These are some tips to maintain your pet’s overall oral health:

  • Regular Brushing of Teeth and Gums: Pick a toothbrush and toothpaste specifically for your dog and cat. Avoid using toothpaste and toothbrushes designed for humans. Work with your pet to get them to feel comfortable with you brushing their teeth. If you have a puppy or kitten, this is something that the younger you start, the more comfortable your pet is with the process as he matures.
  • Toys and Treats Designed to Help Clean Your Pet’s Teeth: Toys and treats that are specifically designed to clean your pet’s teeth can be used in addition to brushing your pet’s teeth.
  • Watch for Warning Signs: Be aware that there are signs that your pet may be experiencing oral health problems; therefore, your vigilance can help prevent more serious problems.

Warning Signs of Dental Problems
Obviously, your pet can’t explicitly tell you when something isn’t right; therefore, she depends on you to look for signs that might signify oral health problems. What are the common signs that you want to look for?

  • Bad Breath
  • Lack of appetite/refusal to eat
  • Changes in chewing
  • Changes in the amount your pet drools
  • Swelling around the mouth
  • Bleeding from the mouth

At Bark Central, we are committed to helping you keep your pet happy and healthy.  Contact us today for information about our services!

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