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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.
At your pet's animal hospital in Staten Island, we provide the following dental care services to pets:
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.
Pets who do not get regular dental care can suffer from periodontal disease, infection and can lose their teeth.
Pets with periodontal disease will display the following symptoms:
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.
No, human toothpaste cannot be used to clean a pet’s teeth. Pet stores sell dog and cat formulated toothpaste.
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.
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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