The Importance of Pet Dental Care in Texas: Tips for Keeping Your Pet’s Teeth Clean and Healthy
As pet owners, we all want our furry friends to live long, happy, and healthy lives. One important aspect of pet health that often gets overlooked is dental care. Just like humans, pets need regular dental cleanings and checkups to maintain healthy teeth and gums. In fact, proper dental care can add three to five years to your pet’s life.
In Texas, dental disease is one of the most common health issues in pets. It can cause bad breath, tooth loss, gum inflammation, and even lead to serious health problems such as heart disease and kidney failure. By age three, 80% of dogs and 70% of cats show signs of dental disease. Luckily, there are many things you can do at home to keep your pet’s teeth clean and healthy.
1. Brush Your Pet’s Teeth Regularly
Brushing your pet’s teeth is one of the most effective ways to prevent dental disease. Use a soft-bristled toothbrush and pet-friendly toothpaste to gently scrub your pet’s teeth and gums. Start slowly and gradually increase the amount of time you spend brushing. Aim to brush your pet’s teeth at least once a week, but ideally, you should brush their teeth every day.
2. Provide Your Pet with Dental Chews and Toys
Chewing on dental chews and toys can help keep your pet’s teeth clean and healthy. Look for products that are specifically designed to remove plaque and tartar buildup. Avoid giving your pet hard treats, bones, or toys that can cause tooth fractures.
3. Feed Your Pet a Healthy Diet
A balanced and nutritious diet is essential for your pet’s overall health, including their dental health. Feed your pet high-quality food that contains essential vitamins and minerals. Avoid giving your pet sugary or starchy treats that can promote plaque buildup. Also avoid providing your pet too many soft foods or table scraps.
4. Low Cost Dental Cleanings at TCAP
In addition to these at-home dental care techniques, TCAP also offers high-quality dental cleanings for dogs and cats at our veterinary clinics for $165-$450 (price varies based on the individual needs of each patient). Our dental cleanings are performed under anesthesia and include a thorough cleaning of your pet’s teeth and gums. This service can help prevent dental disease and keep your pet’s teeth and gums healthy for years to come.