Do you know the importance of regular dental cleanings for your pet? Here at Leesville Animal Hospital, we offer premier pet dental cleaning services in the Raleigh, North Carolina area.
Regular dental cleanings can help to extend your pet’s life in addition to improving their overall quality of life! With proper dental cleanings, your pet will not only have better breath but they will also experience fewer dental related problems into their adult and senior years.
Did you know that by age three, 80% of dogs and 70% of cats develop tooth and gum disease? This can be prevented by maintaining a regular at home tooth cleaning regimen in addition to annual pet dental cleanings.
What does it take to keep your pet’s teeth clean at home? We recommend that you get into the habit of cleaning your dog’s teeth every day just to get them used to it. If brushing your dog’s teeth is a struggle, try brushing their teeth once a week and work your way up to at least every three days.
You can also improve your pet’s dental health by providing them with dental toys to keep their gums healthy and prevent the buildup of plaque! You can also provide your dog with bones to keep their teeth busy and shiny and white!
There are also a few things that you can avoid to preserve your pet’s dental health. Firstly, we recommend avoiding extremely hard chew toys like Nylabones. These can create fractures and breaks in teeth because they’re exceptionally hard. You should also avoid allowing your pets to chew on items that shouldn’t be chewed on like sticks, stones, non-pet-friendly toys, etc. Additionally, if you give your dog bones, avoid cooked bones and go instead for raw marrow bones from smaller mammals like lambs. These bones aren’t as dense as cow or buffalo bones so they keep your dog’s teeth healthy without the added strain of larger thicker bones.
Don’t forget those dental cleanings though, even with the best dental routine at home, it’s important to get your dog’s teeth checked annually. A dental will remove any built-up plaque and polish the teeth surfaces to make it harder for plaque to attach to the teeth.
Give us a call today at (919) 870 – 7000 to set up your pet’s dental cleaning appointment!