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Stave Lake Veterinary Hospital

7871 Stave Lake St E130

Mission, BC V2V 0B5

(604) 286-0160

Pet Dental Care FAQs

Questions about Pet Dental Care

Pets are wonderful companions that bring joy to our lives. They rely on us for their care and well-being, and keeping them healthy and happy is essential. Just like humans, pets need dental care to maintain their oral health. Yet, many pet owners are unaware of the importance of dental care for their furry friends. As your veterinarian at Stave Lake Veterinary Hospital serving Mission and Maple Ridge, BC, we are here to answer your questions about pet dental care.

Pet Dental Care FAQs

What Are the Most Common Dental Problems for Pets?

The most common dental problem for pets is tartar buildup on the teeth. Tartar is a hard, yellow substance that forms on the teeth when plaque isn't removed. Plaque is a sticky film of bacteria that forms on the teeth. If tartar isn't removed, it can lead to gingivitis, an inflammation of the gums. Gingivitis is painful and can cause bleeding gums. If left untreated, gingivitis can progress to periodontal disease, a severe infection of the gums and bones that support the teeth.

How Can I Tell If My Pet Has Dental Problems?

The best way to tell if your pet has dental problems is to schedule a dental exam with our veterinarian. Our veterinarian will examine your pet's teeth and gums for tartar buildup, gingivitis, and periodontal disease during a dental exam. Our veterinarian will also assess your pet's oral health.

How Can I Prevent Dental Problems in My Pet?

You can take measures at home to prevent dental problems in your pet. First, prevent tartar buildup by brushing your pet's teeth. You can use a toothbrush and toothpaste made specifically for pets or a gauze pad to rub the teeth with baking soda. It's important to start brushing your pet's teeth early to get them used to the process. You should also feed your pet a healthy diet and give them chew toys to help keep their teeth clean.

What Should I Do If My Pet Has Dental Problems?

Your pet has dental problems and must go to the veterinarian for treatment. Depending on the severity of the problem, our veterinarian may recommend professional cleaning, tooth extractions, or other dental procedures. Dental care is an essential part of keeping your pet healthy and happy.

How Often Should I Have My Pet's Teeth Checked?

You should have your pet's teeth checked at least once a year. However, if your pet has dental problems, you may need to take them to the veterinarian more often for dental exams and cleanings.

Call Us at Stave Lake Veterinary Hospital

If you have questions about pet dental care or would like to schedule a dental exam for your pet, call Stave Lake Veterinary Hospital at (604) 286-0160.

We are a full-service animal hospital serving Mission and Maple Ridge, BC. Our experienced and compassionate team is dedicated to providing the best possible care for your pet. Call us today at(604) 286-0160.