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Pet Dental FAQ at Animal Health Group

Pets need dental care just as much as people. Pet owners hoping to help their pets avoid pet dental disease should bring their pet to the veterinarian on a regular basis for an examination and teeth cleaning. At Animal Health Group, we do our best to help pet owners understand their role in their pet’s dental health. Below are some of the most common questions that pet owners ask us about their pet’s dental care.pet dental faq from your veterinarian in staten island

What can the veterinarian do to care for your pet’s teeth?

At your pet's animal hospital in Staten Island, we provide the following dental care services to pets:

  • Dental exams. Our dental exams check your pet’s teeth for tartar and plaque buildup. If we find evidence that your pet is suffering from dental disease, we’ll make recommendations for treatment.
  • Dental cleanings. Our pet dental cleanings remove plaque and tartar buildup, polish the enamel and clean the teeth above and below the gum line.
  • Tooth extractions. Sometimes we must remove infected teeth in order to prevent the spread of infection throughout the body.

How often should your pet get dental care from the veterinarian?

Pets need to see the veterinarian at least once annually for a dental examination. Most pets will also need to get their teeth cleaned at least once annually. Young pets may not need to get their teeth cleaned once each year, but by the time they reach an older age, they usually need a cleaning at least once per year. Pet owners are encouraged to talk to their pet’s veterinarian for information.

What can happen if your pet doesn’t get regular dental care?

Pets who do not get regular dental care can suffer from periodontal disease, infection and can lose their teeth.

What are the symptoms of periodontal disease?

Pets with periodontal disease will display the following symptoms:

  • Very bad breath
  • Red, inflamed gums
  • Bleeding gums
  • Missing, cracked or loose teeth
  • Reluctance to eat
  • Pain from eating

What can pet owners do to provide pet dental care at home?

Pet owners should brush their pet’s teeth each day. Pet owners should also regularly check in their pet’s mouth for signs of periodontal disease and bring their pet into the dentist if needed.

Can human toothpaste be used to clean a pet’s teeth?

No, human toothpaste cannot be used to clean a pet’s teeth. Pet stores sell dog and cat formulated toothpaste.

What should you do if your pet refuses to allow his or her teeth to be brushed?

Pets need to be trained to accept tooth brushing. If you’re not sure how to train your pet for teeth brushing, talk to your pet’s veterinarian.

Call Us Today For Staten Island Pet Dental Care!

If your pet needs Staten Island pet dental care, contact us for an appointment. We provide dental care for dogs and cats of our community. We look forward to meeting with you!

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