Here at Mooresville Animal Hospital, we offer a full range of medical services to keep your pet smiling all year long! Below are some examples of veterinary care you should consider to avoid an unnecessary trip to the vet. And yes, we do believe pets smile!
- Start oral care when they are younger (or today)!Start out Slowly! Pets take time to trust a new routine and oral care is no different so don’t rush them. Once they get used to something new it can become quicker and more effective.
- Choose treats and food options carefully. Be sure to select your treats and your food options with care. Ideally, they should be hard and “scratchy” to help scrape off plaque and tartar. Kibble and certain treats are great for this!
- Help yourself get into the dental care routine. Help yourself create a habit of giving your pet regular dental care. Maybe you set a reminder on your phone, bundle it with another daily task or write it on your to-do lists.
- Be familiar with what is normal for your pet’s mouth and teeth. Regular dental care can help you keep an eye on your pet’s mouth. This will mean you’re more likely to notice if something changes or is hurting them.
- Schedule regular visits with your veterinarian. During regular check-ups or just if you have an oral health concern, talk about your pet’s oral health with your vet. They can perform pet dental radiography (pet x-rays) to look get a closer look.
- Choose pet dental care options wisely. There are many pet toothbrushes and other products out there for oral care. Read the labels carefully and ask the advice of your veterinarian if you’re nervous about getting started.
- Understand what healthy pet mouths look like. Pets with healthy mouths will have clean teeth, minimal plaque and tartar, tight and pink gums, no broken or jagged teeth and fresh breath.
We hope that this has been helpful in learning more about caring for your pet’s oral health! If you have other questions, please give us a call today to learn more!