Does your Pet get regular dental care? Ultimately, keeping up with your pet’s teeth is just as important as feeding them a healthy diet daily. Pets can get gum disease just like us. The key to managing dental health is through prevention. Preventing gum disease can help prevent serious health problems like heart, lung and kidney disease.

The American Animal Hospital Association Dental Care Guidelines recommends regular oral examinations and dental cleanings under general anesthesia, for all adult dogs and cats. AAHA recommends these procedures at minimum annually starting at one year of age for cats and small breed dogs, and at least 2 years of age for large breed dogs.

Ever since cats and dogs became domesticated, their diet changed, and their teeth are cleaned less through eating. Canned and dried foods do not provide the same level of oral hygiene and pets suffer the consequences. Brushing your pet’s teeth daily with a soft toothbrush can help remove plaque build-up. However the tartar build-up will require removal by a professional trained in animal’s oral health. Your local vet can provide an evaluation on the cost and time for a dental cleaning for your pet.

Your pet will thank you for caring for their teeth and health. If you have any questions feel free to email your North Vancouver Dentist or Vet.