Pet Dental Care FAQs

Routine pet dental care is essential to protecting your pet’s teeth and gums. At Caring Hands Veterinary Clinic, we recommend you bring your pet in for a dental exam and cleaning annually. These pet dental FAQs compiled by your Philadelphia vet explain more about pet dental issues and the importance of professional dental care.

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Are dental problems common in dogs and cats?

Unfortunately, yes. Dogs and cats are prone to a number of dental issues ranging from broken teeth to abscesses, bleeding gums, and periodontal disease. Routine pet dental care can help prevent dental issues so your pet can enjoy healthy teeth and gums for years to come.

How do I know if my pet has dental problems?

Your pet can’t tell you when he’s in pain or is suffering from gum disease. There are indications, however, that your pet has dental issues that need to be addressed. If your pet’s gums are swollen or bleeding or there’s an unpleasant odor coming from his mouth, these are signs he needs dental care. Other signs you can look out for are yellow teeth, loss of appetite, difficulty swallowing, or your pet constantly rubbing his face or mouth with his paw. When in doubt, contact your Philadelphia veterinarian for a checkup.

How often should my pet have his teeth professionally cleaned?  

That depends on your pet’s overall health, lifestyle, diet, and home dental care. Some pets need more frequent oral health care than others. Generally, we recommend an annual dental checkup and teeth cleaning to remove plaque and tartar buildup that can lead to periodontal disease. Through an annual exam, we can detect and treat dental issues early on to preserve your pet’s teeth.

What happens during a teeth cleaning session at your clinic? 

Your Philadelphia veterinarian will thoroughly inspect your pet’s teeth and gums for signs of dental problems or disease. If necessary, we’ll take x-rays to inspect the roots of your pet’s teeth. We’ll then remove tartar and plaque, particularly under the gum line, to prevent periodontal disease. Our veterinary clinic performs all dental procedures under anesthesia so your pet feels no pain and we can do a thorough job of inspecting and cleaning his teeth. 

How can I help prevent plaque buildup on my pet’s teeth?

Home dental care is essential to protecting your pet’s teeth and gums. Regular tooth brushing at home can prevent plaque and tartar buildup. There are also pet foods, chew toys, and treats you can buy to help control plaque and promote healthier teeth.

Contact Our Vet Clinic in Philadelphia for Quality Pet Dental Care

To schedule a dental checkup or cleaning for your kit or pup, contact Caring Hands Veterinary Clinic in Philadelphia at 215-621-8959 today.

 

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In case of emergency during our off hours you can contact the following 24 hour Emergency Care Center
Veterinary Specialty & Emergency Center (VSEC) vesecvet.com (215) 750-78884
Matthew J Ryan Hospital ( University of Penn.) (215) 898-4680
Centre for Animal Referral & Emergency Services (CARES) vetcares.com (215) 750-2774