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Your pet’s dental routine is about more than just battling bad breath. Dogs and cats need a good dental routine that properly cares for their teeth and gums to help prevent serious health problems, gum infections and dental disease.
Petco’s veterinary services include dental exams with X-rays and routine teeth cleanings to remove plaque and tartar buildup. Look up local Petco Pet Care Centers offering vet services and book your appointment today.
Why do cats and dogs need teeth cleanings?
Dogs and cats use their mouths for more than just consuming food. Their mouths are crucial for social, protective and enrichment activities. They use them to show affection through licking, grooming themselves and one another, caring for their young, protecting themselves, picking up and playing with objects, showing curiosity and vocalizing with a distinctive bark or meow.
Our pets’ mouths are excellent at communicating with their environment and with us—and they also speak volumes about their physical health.
With so much interaction happening between our pets’ mouths and the world around them, dog and cat teeth cleaning is paramount for their well-being. Routine visits for professional cleanings and at-home dental hygiene are crucial to help stave off primary and secondary infections that can arise from insufficient care.
How can I make teeth cleaning easier for my pets?
Here are a few things you can do before and after their appointment:
Teeth-brushing: Brushing your pet’s teeth regularly will help them maintain a healthy mouth between visits to the vet. Normalizing frequent dental care can also help ease your pet’s anxiety about teeth cleaning. Pet-safe toothbrushes and toothpastes can help make at-home teeth-brushing easier for you and more appealing for your pet.
Dental hygiene foods and treats: Certain pet foods and treats are formulated to help reduce plaque and tartar, which is a win-win for you and your pet. Some snacks have a secret dual function as supplements that support oral health. And your Petco vet may recommend special soft foods after a teeth cleaning appointment, particularly if any tooth extractions or surgery have been done.
Teeth cleaning toys and chews: Dogs in particular benefit from dental chew toys and bones designed to help scrape plaque from their teeth. You can also find cat chew toys that may help keep your kitty’s teeth cleaner.
Overall, the best thing you can do to help make teeth cleaning simple for both you and your cat or dog is to get into a comfortable at-home teeth cleaning routine with your pet and schedule regular checkups and teeth cleaning services with Petco. The more often you clean your pet’s teeth, the less scary the process of dental care will become for them—and the more likely you are to curb dental problems before they become serious.