While veterinarians recommend that pet owners brush their dogs and cats’ teeth, a recent poll showed that 65% are not doing so. Healthy teeth and healthy gums are essential for a pet’s overall health. Taking care of a dogs or cat/s teeth is part of providing regular pet healthcare.
Adult dogs, for example, have 42 teeth, and 90% of these can be maintained by brushing. It isn’t necessary, however, to floss between their teeth.
Part of dog dental care includes receiving regular oral hygiene visits. During a vet clinic visit, a veterinarian can ensure that their teeth and gums are healthy. Furthermore, they can also evaluate whether or not they have signs of periodontal disease at this time.
One of the most effective ways to ensure that a dog or cat is healthy is to receive regular dental care for pets. Having a whole-mouth exam on a regular basis is essential to ensure that a pet’s oral hygiene is being maintained. This is also important because by the time a dog or cat is three years old, 70% of cats and 80% of dogs already have periodontal disease.
Veterinarians at both dog and cat clinics recommend annual check-ups. In addition to evaluating and discussing tips for maintaining oral health, a veterinarian can also address other health concerns, such as allergies. After they have reached seven, however, both dogs and cats should have regular check-ups twice a year.
When recommending dental care for pets, veterinarians will also discuss diet and nutrition. Approximately 66% of a dog’s allergies, for example, come from eating beef, dairy, and wheat. Furthermore, if they are eating too many treats, it’s recommended that these should only make up about 10% of their daily calorie intake.
Other issues to discuss with a veterinarian include separation anxiety. When pet owners need to leave their dogs and cats to go to work, shopping, or engage in other activities, this anxiety is usually experienced for 15 minutes after they are left alone. Some pets, however, may experience separation anxiety for the entire time their owner is away from home.
Another concern, especially for dogs and cats, is heartworm disease. The American Heartworm Society has found that all 50 states have reported cases of this potentially fatal disease. Dogs and cats can be infected with these parasitic worms throughout the year. This disease can be caused by a single infected mosquito bite.
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