Senior Pet Dentistry Tips

Sadly, beloved pets have to die, eventually. But in their life course, they form genuine bonds with their owners, who are instilled with a feeling of loving protection toward them.

When pets get old, their bones, skin, and fur degrade the way humans do in old age. Depending on the breed of your animal, diet, and nature of its activity, you could end up with a hound with severe dental problems.

Preventing dental issues are an important part of caring for your senior pet. That's because dental maladies have links to several common veterinary ailments. If you adhere to the correct tips, your senior pet's teeth will last longer and prolong its life.

Here are some tips to help you ensure that your favorite pets' dentition is as good as it can be.

#1. Schedule dental cleanings

The first step to oral care is detecting the early symptoms of the disease, the redness or swelling of which is the biggest indicator. A foul smell on your pet's breath is another big indicator of this. 

Anesthesia-free dental cleanings are good because they provide you with an economical option. However, you should note that anesthesia-free dental cleaning does not fully clean the spaces under the gum.

#2. Brush your pet's teeth regularly

The first step to taking care of your senior pet's teeth is to clean them regularly with a toothbrush at home. You don't have to wait for dental issues to arise before learning to do home brushing for your pet.

Brushing is ideal for dogs at every age but regularly ensuring that your favorite senior pet gets tooth brushing is key to dental health. It is medically advised that you brush your dog's teeth a minimum of thrice a week.

#3. Follow Nutritionists’ Advice

Dogs age similarly to humans and are thus susceptible to different diseases. When you have a senior dog or cat, you have to be particular about what they eat and the activities they indulge in.

In the case of the former, you should register with an animal nutritionist to provide you with a unique nutrition guide specific to your animal.

#4. Use Water and Food Supplements

You can purchase dental products and supplements that work to improve your pets' oral health. For example, specially-formulated chews and treats can help you slow down the buildup of tartar and plaque.

If your pet doesn't like brushing, you can help their teeth and gums by using these special supplements.

Dental care is often neglected in the care of senior pets, who are often forced to suffer in silence, increasing their irritation and reducing their years. River Valley Gateway will provide expert veterinary consultation and solutions to help your pet stay happy and healthy during its last years on earth. Contact us now.

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