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 Pet Dental Care FAQs and Pet Care from a Veterinarian on Our Veterinary Team

Among the various things that should be a priority with your pet is his dental health. Below, we at Pleasant Valley Veterinary Clinic in McMurray, PA, have provided some of the top questions about pet dental care to help you ensure the best care for your furry friend.  


Is Pet Dental Care Necessary?

Yes, it can be. Dental care can be important for pets if they have dental problems. While humans can take care of their own teeth and head to the dentist when an issue arises, pets rely on their owners to take care of this for them. If they are in pain, they can’t exactly tell you what’s going on – or drive in for a dental visit. Regular dental care helps prevent tooth decay, pain, and several potentially dangerous issues arising from tooth decay.

Why Is Tooth Decay Dangerous in Pets?

If the bacteria causing the decay is not addressed, it can enter your pet’s bloodstream. This can lead to potentially dangerous issues, such as kidney disease, but this can be prevented through regular dental care.

What Is Calculus?

In this case, calculus has nothing to do with high school math class. Instead, it’s a term used for tartar that develops around the gum line.

How Do I Take Care of My Pet’s Teeth?

The first and most important step to take is to have your pet’s teeth cleaned by a veterinarian. This removes a tartar that has already formed and hardened along the gum line. He might need a professional cleaning once a year. Our veterinary team will help recommend the best schedule.

In between cleanings, there are a few steps you can take at home. You can try brushing your pet’s teeth but there are also dental treats and chew toys that can help.

Will My Pet Need to Be Sedated for Dental Care?

In some ways, pets are like small children. It can be difficult to get them to sit still for a thorough exam or procedure. A good way to comprehensively examine your pet’s oral health and clean the teeth and gum lines well is to sedate them.

Get Pet Dental Care from a Veterinarian on Our Veterinary Team for Tooth Decay and Calculus

If you have a new pet, it’s been a year since your last veterinary visit, or you think there might be a dental health issue, our team is here to help. Call us for Pleasant Valley Veterinary Clinic at (724) 941-5484 to schedule an appointment today. We serve McMurray, PA.