Petawawa Animal Hospital

3261 Petawawa Blvd.
Petawawa, ON K8H 1X8


Dental Care

Should I Worry About My Pets Teeth?

Studies have shown that by the age of 3, 80% of dogs and 70% of cats show signs of gum disease.

Dental care may not be the first thing that comes to mind when we think of our pet’s health.

When a dog or cat develops gum disease, it can affect their whole body. Infection in the mouth can migrate into the blood stream, through to vital organs, such as the heart, liver, and kidneys. Ongoing dental infections also weaken the immune system lowering the resistance to non-dental health issues.

Regular dental care from a young age can help keep your pets breath fresh, teeth clean, reduce, eliminate or even prevent gum disease, and save you money on vet bills. Daily brushing is the most effective treatment, but for pets (or pet parents) who are not receptive to this, there is other options that can help. Just ask your veterinary team and they will be happy to help.

Follow these tips for good oral hygiene:

1. Brushing daily is the gold standard for dental care. There are many flavours of toothpaste that are specifically for pet. Human toothpaste should not be used since fluoride can be toxic if swallowed.

1. Feed hard kibble, which will provide a cleaning action. Prescription Diet t/d or Royal Canin Dental formula is available for both dogs and cats and can be used as a regular diet or a treat every day.

2. Have teeth examined at least once every year for tarter buildup. Pets vary considerably in the amount of tarter that accumulates.

3. Use a pet dental treat on a regular basis. We will be happy to recommend what is best for your pet. CET Chews are available for dogs and cats, Greenies, and “Healthy Mouth”, which is a water additive that can be added to your pet’s water source.

These recommendations will probably do more to prolong your pets’ life and make them more comfortable.