At Woodside Animal Hospital, our veterinarian in Royal Oak provides a number of services to improve and protect your pet’s health, including pet dental cleaning services here in our office. In addition to having your pet’s teeth cleaned once a year, we also recommend that you take time to brush your pet’s teeth at home.
At-Home Teeth Cleaning Tips for Your Dog or Cat
If you would like to begin an at-home teeth cleaning routine with your dog or cat, there are some tips worth keeping in mind. For starters, be sure to pick up a toothbrush and toothpaste specifically made for dogs or cats at your local pet store; do not use the same toothpaste that you use on your own teeth, as this can be toxic to pets.
Furthermore, take time to get your pet used to having his or her teeth brushed, as it will be an unfamiliar and possibly stressful experience at first. Consider, for example, allowing your pet to sniff the tooth brush and tooth paste, as well as working your way up to actually brushing your pet’s teeth. It may take some time and patience, but your pet should eventually become used to it. There are also dental treats, toys, and water additives that you can buy to protect your pet’s oral and dental health in between professional cleanings.
Benefits of Regular Cleanings and Exams
Just as your pet should be brought in for an annual physical exam, we also recommend an annual pet dental cleaning and exam for most dogs and cats. This is a great opportunity for us to check your pet’s teeth and mouth for signs of problems, as well as remove any plaque from the gum line or below that you may not have been able to remove with a toothbrush at home.
Schedule an Appointment With Our Royal Oak Veterinarian
Ready to request an appointment with our veterinarian in Royal Oak? Give Woodside Animal Hospital a call today at (248) 545-6630! We proudly serve the areas of Oak Park, Ferndale, Birmingham, and Berkley.