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Pet Dental Care FAQs

Just like humans, pets require regular dental care to stay happy and healthy. Dental problems in pets can lead to serious health issues, including pain, infection, and even organ damage. At Union Avenue Veterinary Hospital in Tacoma, WA, we provide exams and cleanings to alleviate any discomfort your cat or dog may be experiencing and improve its wellness. Before you visit us, take a look at some frequently asked questions regarding pet dental care below:

Pet Dental Care

Why is pet dental care important?

Pet dental care is crucial because it helps prevent dental diseases such as periodontal disease, tooth decay, and gingivitis. These conditions can cause pain, discomfort, and even lead to more severe health issues if left untreated. By ensuring your pet has good oral hygiene, you can improve its quality of life and potentially extend its lifespan.

What does pet dental care involve?

Pet dental care involves regular brushing of your pet's teeth, providing dental treats or toys, and scheduling routine dental check-ups with our veterinarians. Additionally, we may recommend professional dental cleanings under anesthesia to remove tartar and plaque buildup that cannot be addressed through at-home care alone.

When should I start caring for my pet's teeth?

It's best to start caring for your pet's teeth as early as possible, ideally when he or she is still young puppy or kitten. However, it's never too late to begin a dental care routine for your furry friend. Even older pets can benefit from regular dental care, as it can prevent or help you manage dental issues.

How often should I brush my pet's teeth?

You should brush your pet's teeth at least two to three times per week using a pet-specific toothbrush and toothpaste. Establishing a regular brushing routine can help prevent plaque and tartar buildup, reduce the risk of dental disease, and keep your pet's breath fresh.

Can I use human toothpaste to brush my pet's teeth?

It’s important to never use human toothpaste to brush your pet's teeth. Human toothpaste contains ingredients that can be harmful to your cat or dog if ingested. Instead, use toothpaste specifically formulated for pets, which is safe for them to swallow.

Contact Us for an Appointment Today!

To learn more about pet dental care or to schedule a dental check-up for your pet, contact Union Avenue Veterinary Hospital in Tacoma, WA, at (253) 383-2616 today. We are happy to provide you with additional details and set you up with an appointment. When you’re looking for a veterinarian near me, we are ready to assist you!

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