Simple Steps for Improved Pet Dental Care

By July 1, 2013Uncategorized

If you want to ensure a lifetime of good health for your Greenbrae, Corte Madera, San Anselmo, San Rafael, West Marin or Larkspur pet, start with his mouth. Dental hygiene is an easy and important means of preventing tooth decay, gum disease and bacterial infections. Here are some recommendations from Redwood Pet Clinic:

Oral/breath inspection – Check your pet’s oral cavity every so often for signs of trouble such as abscesses, bleeding gums, broken teeth or unidentifiable lesions. If his breath suddenly takes a turn for the worse, an infection may be lurking somewhere in his mouth. If you detect any problems, send him to us!

 

Brushing – Yes, you can brush your pet’s teeth; all you need is a pet-specific toothpaste, a soft-bristled toothbrush, and a little time to train your pet on the concept. Brushing helps keep plaque under control for animals just as it does for humans.
Tartar control foods – Did you know that there are pet foods available that are formulated to help control tartar buildup? These products can prove a powerful aid to pet dental hygiene. We can help you choose the right formulation for your pet’s needs.

 

Chew toys (not bones!) – Nylon chew toys are another effective means of scraping food and plaque off of tooth surfaces. Beware of bones, however — they can splinter, creating a choking or injury hazard.
Veterinary checkups and cleaning – Bring your pet in for annual dental evaluations. We can look for oral problems and offer treatment recommendations if need be. We can also perform professional cleanings that remove stubborn plaque, even underneath the gum line.

 

Need Pet Dental Treatment?
If your Greenbrae, Corte Madera, San Anselmo, San Rafael, West Marin or Larkspur pet develops a dental problem despite good hygiene practices, treat it as an urgent care situation. The sooner we treat the condition, the more effectively we can get it under control, relieve your pet’s pain and ensure his ongoing dental health.
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