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Providing Pet Dental Care at Our Markham Veterinary Clinic

You know that daily brushing and regular dental visits ensures your teeth are healthy and strong but do you realize that the same goes for your pet? Our canine and feline friends require a similar regimen to maintain good oral health. Your pet needs proper dental care including tooth brushing with a pet-friendly toothpaste and regular dental exams at their Markham veterinary clinic.

Oral Health Complications in Cats and Dogs

Just like you, your pet is susceptible to an array of dental difficulties if preventative measures aren’t taken. Among these are:

  • Halitosis
  • Abscessed or decayed teeth
  • Gum inflammation/ gingivitis
  • Periodontal disease
  • Broken teeth
  • Tooth loss
  • Oral infections

In some studies, as many as 78% of pets were found to have periodontal disease by the age of three. What’s more is that oral health complications can impact your animal companion’s overall health. Periodontal disease in particular may lead to organ problems including issues with the heart, liver and kidneys.

Good Oral Health Starts at Home

Tooth brushing with a toothpaste formulated for your pet—they come in compelling flavours like chicken and liver—is the single most effective defense against oral health complications. Though brushing every day is ideal, even just several times a week can make a big difference. Both cats and dogs should have their teeth brushed but smaller dog breeds and those with short, flat or broad snouts—like pugs and bulldogs—require more regular brushing due to having teeth that are closely grouped together.

In addition, feeding your cat or dog a diet that’s specially formulated to reduce the amount of plaque and tartar build up is a good idea. There are dental foods that scrub teeth—like Hill’s T/D—that both canines and felines can enjoy as part of a well-balanced diet.

Why Dental Exams Are Important for Your Pet

Just like you, your pet’s teeth should be examined at least once a year. A basic dental exam is easily incorporated into the annual checkup. Issues caught earlier rather than later are both easier and less costly to repair. When you take your pet to their Markham veterinary clinic, the veterinarian will look for potential problems like:

  • Excessive plaque or tartar buildup
  • Missing or loose teeth
  • Bleeding gums
  • Irregular bite alignment
  • Formation of cysts or tumours

After the dental exam, your veterinarian may recommend a thorough examination and cleaning under anesthetic which includes full-mouth x-rays to accurately assess and treat any issues found in your pet's mouth.

Responsible Pet Owners Practice Good Pet Dental Care

Want to get your pet on track to achieve good oral health? For those in Markham or other nearby areas, contact us at Cachet Village Animal Hospital with any questions, concerns or to schedule a checkup. We look forward to helping you ensure your pet’s smile is as healthy as it is happy.

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