Take Care of Your Pet’s Teeth at Home

Everyone knows that animals tend to not have the freshest breath in the world and given what they eat, that’s to be expected. You love kisses from your dog or cat, but when you’ve noticed that they’re not eating or that there is visible decay on their teeth, it’s very important that you bring them to your Markham animal hospital right away. A professional dental cleaning for your animal could help them avoid more serious problems down the road.

As a pet owner, you can also take care of your pet’s teeth at home. Various methods, such as brushing, dietary changes, and special chews can improve your pet’s oral health, and the team at Markham Veterinary Clinic can help you decide which methods are best for your animal. We can also recommend a water additive that’s approved by the Veterinary Oral Health Council (VOHC). A VOHC-approved additive can help control the bacteria that’s present in your pet’s mouth and when they drink their water, the plaque on their teeth will be softened, making it easier to brush and scrape away.

If periodontal disease is present, or if hardened tartar has built up excessively on your pet’s teeth, it’s best if a vet performs a thorough dental cleaning. It may be necessary to extract some of your pet’s teeth and if so, the surgery will be performed under general anesthesia. Your pet will be completely monitored the entire time, ensuring that they’re safe and comfortable. We hope that you’re taking the time to care for your pet’s teeth at home, so that you don’t have to visit your Markham animal hospital for extensive animal dental work! But if the need arises, we’ll be here, ready to help.