Dental Care Services for Pets

Dental care in pets should be a regular part of the daily care you give them. Contrary to popular belief it is not normal for your furry friend to have bad breath as it is a sign of dental disease. It is important that along with daily brushings at home, your pet have their teeth professionally cleaned once a year. Here at Fredericton Animal Hospital our dental cleanings remove plaque deposits and tartar which is left behind after brushing. Almost 80% of adult pets suffer from cavities, gum disease, periodontitis and tooth loss when they don’t receive dental care from a professional.

What are signs of dental problems in my pet?

Regular signs of dental disease include:

  • Bad breath
  • Bloody saliva
  • Excessive drooling
  • Chewing on one side
  • Tartar (yellow or brown buildup)
  • Blood on chew toy
  • Bleeding gums
  • Bumps or lumps in their mouth

    How can I care for my pet’s oral health?

    1. Take your pet in for their annual oral exams. A professional cleaning will keep your furry friend’s pearly whites sparkling. To schedule an appointment for your furry friend call 506.455.1700.
    2. Provide toys and treats that are safe for their teeth. Many owners are not aware that branches, ribs or other bones, cow hooves or tennis balls are too hard and can cause tooth damage. Instead you should look for toys that are soft to chew like rawhide or knuckle bones. You should also look for toys or foods that are “VOHC- approved” as these products clean the teeth and gums according to guidelines set by the Veterinary Oral Council.
    3. Brush their teeth regularly. This can be very difficult with some pets – especially cats – but once it becomes a routine practice it gets easier. You should use a brush and paste designed for your pet. There are many flavoured pet toothpastes safe for your pet to swallow.
    4. Examine their mouths regularly. By doing this you are more likely to spot dental issues before they become serious problems.

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