Caring For Your Pet’s Teeth

Brushing your pet's teeth.Caring for your pet’s teeth is more important than you may think. Imagine, you come home and walk through your door expecting your best furry friend to greet you with his or her smiling face, then BAM! Your dog (or cat) looks like he’s been punched in the face! Next stop, Metairie Small Animal Hospital.

Good Time for an Oral Exam
The first thing we will do for a possible tooth root abscess is an Oral Exam. We make sure there isn’t anything else that could be causing the swelling. This also means dental X-rays are in order. We can do a more thorough exam of you’r pet’s teeth and mouth once your fur baby is asleep. Once diagnosed, we can get to work fixing the abscess. Most of the time, the tooth culprit is the upper 4th pre-molar. Dogs tend to break or fracture this tooth on bones (steak and pork, not recommended), rocks, hard chew toys, hooves and antlers. Try to pay attention to your pet as he’s eating, noticing if food is being dropped or if he is hesitant to eat. Also, watch to see if there is pawing at the mouth and/or face. If you have any concerns regarding your pet’s oral care, please let us know. We are always here to help.

Healthy mouth, happy dog.At-Home Oral Health Care
Once your fur baby’s mouth is all squeaky clean, it’s time to keep it that way! We always recommend brushing your pet’s teeth. It is the #1 way to keep the tartar away. If brushing is not possible (no one wants to lose a finger or two), there are many other options. There are also dental chews like C.E.T. HEXtra Chews, Greenies, and VeggieDents. Hill’s Prescription Diet t/d and water additives like Breathalyser or Aquadent also work well. Another great option is the Oral Hygiene Rinse. There are so many products out there and it can get confusing. Your dental technician and/or veterinarian will go over home care options that are best suited for you and your pet.

Veterinary Oral Health Council
The VOHC is a team of Veterinarians who specialize in dental products. The VOHC recognizes products that meet their standards of plaque and tartar retardation in dogs and cats. Regular use of products carrying the VOHC Seal will reduce the severity of periodontal disease in pets. There are many VOHC recommended treats that we carry here at MSAH, such as the CET VeggieDents, Feline Greenies, Veterinary Formula Canine Greenies, and Hill’s t/d for cats and dogs.

National Pet Dental Health Month
In honor of National Pet Dental Health Month, MSAH is offering FREE dental exams, $15.00 off sedation dentals, and $25.00 off full anesthesia dentals. Scheduling a dental exam with your veterinarian, brushing your pet’s teeth, and using dental products at home are the best ways to maintain your fur baby’s oral health. Know the signs to look for and don’t hesitate to call us with any concerns you may have.