Pet Dental Care

Cats and dogs require routine maintenance of their teeth, just as people do. If your pet is suffering from tooth pain, bad breath, inflammation of the gums, a tooth infection, or if they just require a cat or dog teeth cleaning session, Thomas Glen Erin Animal Hospital can help. Our Mississauga veterinarian is available for pet dental emergencies and care. Read on to learn why it is important to care for your pet’s teeth, how you can do it at home, and what our vet can do to help.

Vet examining dog's mouth and teeth

Why It Is Important to Perform Pet Dental Care

Routine pet dental care is important to prevent health issues related to teeth and gum deterioration. Without frequent cleaning, tartar and plaque can build up and cause bone structure disintegration, leading to tooth loss. Checking a pet’s mouth during cleaning can identify signs of decay, broken teeth, inflammation, or infection, which require emergency veterinary care.

How to Care for Your Pet’s Teeth at Home

Daily toothbrushing with pet toothbrush and paste is recommended. Pet toothpaste is available in different flavours, and a small dab can be used to remove bacteria. If the pet does not like the process, try a different flavoured paste, and gradually add more teeth to the regimen. Pet dental wipes and tartar-control treats can also help remove debris and bacteria. These products can be purchased from the clinic.

What Our Veterinarian Does When Pet Dental Care Is Needed

Our vet will perform cat or dog teeth cleaning during routine examinations. If your pet has chronic bad breath, the signs of tooth pain, inflammation of the gums, or a possible tooth infection, it is necessary to make an emergency appointment. Your pet’s teeth and gums will be checked in detail and appropriate action will be taken to alleviate pain and discomfort. This may require a tooth pulling or medication.