Every pet owner wants their dog or cat to live a happy, healthy life. When you think about your pet’s health, you may think about vaccinations, spaying or neutering, or perhaps medication to relieve an issue. While pet dental care is equally as important as the aforementioned pet care aspects, it is often overlooked. Pet dental health is a key part of veterinarian checkups, and the oral surgery experts at Randolph Animal Hospital in Randolph, MA, can help you to better understand treatments and preventative dental care measures for your pets. Following are the answers to questions our veterinarian frequently receives regarding pet dental care.
What Are Some Common Pet Dental Health Issues?
Broken, fractured, or chipped teeth are some of the most common issues that our vet team sees. Pets, especially dogs, will often bite onto objects without a second thought, and some objects are simply far too tough for pets to handle in their mouths. Some pet chews like rawhide are meant to be soft, but poor oral health will lead to damage with everyday chews. Broken teeth will require oral surgery, while chipped teeth will require regular maintenance.
Should Pets Get Regular Checkups?
Yes, pets are no different from humans in that their oral health will be affected by a variety of things ranging from diet to environment. Regular checkups not only ensure your pet is in good health, but also that they are not developing complications that can lead to further issues down the line. Checkups are an excellent way to prevent oral health concerns like gingivitis. Periodontal diseases may occur along with teeth and gums if good dental hygiene is not maintained.
Do Pets Need a Veterinary Dentist?
Any veterinarian will be able to check a pet's mouth and teeth to see if they have any obvious issues, such as cracked teeth or gum disease. If necessary, they can refer an owner to a veterinary dentist who has the necessary skills for further care. Not all pet oral health conditions require a vet dentist, but their input and advice help prevent health problems and maintain good oral health.
Contact Our Veterinarian in Randolph, MA for Pet Dental Care
The veterinary specialists at Randolph Animal Hospital understand the various dental problems that commonly affect dogs, cats, and other pets. If your furry friend is having problems chewing or eating, they may have an underlying oral health issue that requires medical attention. For more information on pet dental care, oral surgery, or to schedule an appointment with our veterinarian, call us at (781) 963-2298.