Your pet’s dental health is an important part of his overall wellness. Dental health impacts other body systems, as well as your pet’s comfort and ability to eat. If you suspect dental problems, you should always talk to a veterinarian for the best course of action. At Firestone Animal Hospital in Downey, Dr. Rocha can help you with pet dental care and other veterinary services. Let’s look at some aspects of pet dental care that you need to know.
The best way to handle your pet’s dental health is to take steps that keep him healthy. If you can prevent problems from occurring in the first place, it will be beneficial for your pet. An important part of oral health is regular dental checkups. This is done by a veterinarian and can be a part of your pet’s annual wellness visit.
During this time, our veterinarian will do a full exam of your pet’s mouth. We check everything, including the gums and tongue. You can also have our veterinarian do a cleaning. If you’re unsure about the steps you can take to care for a pet at home, this is a great time to get that information.
What you do between dental appointments is a big part of your pet’s dental care. Ideally, you should brush your pet’s teeth every day. As with humans, this prevents plaque buildup and keeps the mouth clean and healthy. If this isn’t possible, you can still supplement it with other things. Dental chews can be a great way to clean the mouth. You can also buy treats that are specifically designed to control plaque. Your dog will enjoy them and you won’t have to fight to keep your pet’s mouth healthy.
Unfortunately, issues can come up regardless of how careful you are. Pets commonly get periodontal disease, which needs to be treated by a veterinarian before it spreads to other systems in the body. Your pet might also suffer a broken tooth or jaw at some point that will need to be repaired. Cysts and tumors are also possible, as well as possible infections. By being aware of your pet’s dental health, you can reduce the chances of these things happening.
Contact Our Veterinarian in Downey, CA
Dental health is extremely important for pets. Our veterinarian will work alongside you to make sure your pet gets the dental care he needs. If it has been a while since a veterinarian has examined your furry friend’s mouth, now is a great time to contact Firestone Animal Hospital. Call our team today at (562) 928-1341 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Rocha.